When Mary and Betty inherit their great uncle's house, they find some charming paintings hidden in the attic. The New England scenes are bright, colorful, and full of life. Mary is thrilled to discover the paintings were done by their great aunt Maude, who died young. But a desperate note taped to the back of one of the paintings suggests there is more to Aunt Maude than Mary and Betty knew. What happened to her? How did she really die? Investigating events from over fifty years ago stretches Mary's sleuthing skills to the limit. Then she discovers the key to Aunt Maude's past is in the paintings she left behind. As Mary puts the pieces together, she learns that a picture is worth a thousand words.