In this unusual Henty tale set in nineteenth-century Peru and its uncertain political climate, Harry and Bertie Prendergast arrive in Lima in search of Dias, their guardian's faithful muleteer, hoping he will set them on the path of long-lost treasure. Dias consents to guide them on their adventure, which includes attacks by natives and also brigands, a capture by partisans, and a search for gold in streams and behind a waterfall. Finally, despite the fears of Dias, they explore a hidden, and supposedly haunted, castle in which, according to legend, is hidden the treasure of the people who came before the Incas. Although this legend is found to be false, the young men discover the unexpected, and their trip back to England is one of high suspense.
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