Dani is spending the summer in Three Rivers, California when she meets hobo Mott Simon. At first Dani is afraid of Mott, but when he is accused of murder Dani sets out to prove otherwise. She confronts a skeptical sheriff, a dispassionate prosecutor, and a patronizing defense attorney. The clues point toward Ardy, an autistic boy who may have witnessed the murder, and has disappeared. Dani tices parallels between her mystery and To Kill A Mockingbird, a book the town's librarian pressed upon her. She begins to realize you can't judge a book by its cover.
Steve Alcorn is a theme park designer, author and teacher. His novels include young adult mysteries, historic fiction and romance. During the past decade Mr. Alcorn has helped more than 10,000 aspiring writers through the online learning programs of 1500 colleges and universities worldwide.