One day Peter and Pam Hollister rescue a Seminole Indian named Charlie Tiger Tail from drowning in Pine Lake. But they never dream that their heroic act would lead to a new, exciting mystery and a vacation in Florida.
Within a few days, all the Hollisters are enjoying the beach at Turtle Point in the Everglades. And they are eager to help Charlie catch a gang of thieves who are illegally killing giant sea turtles and stealing their eggs! After Holly finds a poacher's spear, Ricky and Pete patrol the beach one night and almost trap the poachers. With Charlie's ten-year-old daughter, Clementine, the children row to mysterious Captive Island to investigate the eerie sounds coming from there each night.
They inspect a great Mississippi riverboat that had been towed up on land and turned into a huge mansion. And they visit Clementine's grandmother in a Seminole village where the boys learn how to pole a real dugout canoe.
There are many more thrilling adventures—including Ricky's capture by the thieves—before the Hollisters finally trace the poachers to their hideout and solve the sea turtle mystery.
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