A camping trip with one of Julian's teachers turns up rumours about a haunted train being heard by the inhabitants of the nearest town. When the Famous Five look into the stories, they learn that there is more to this phantasmagorical event than the presence of ghosts on this stretch of the railway....
When illness forces Quentin and Fanny to vacate the cottage temporarily, an obnoxious housekeeper, Mrs Stick, and her equally hideous family move in. Strange boat trips to Kirrin Island coincide with the abduction of the daughter of a tycoon. Following their instincts, the Famous Five discover that the little girl isn't the only one being held for ransom.
Three fifteen year-old evacuees - Julian, Dick and Anne - meet up in one of the carraiges of the train heading to the countryside, and become friends by sharing stories of the German air attacks on the cities. When they arrive at their destination, the confusion involved in getting the evacuees to the correct residences, leads to the three young persons being billeted to a Government scientist, Quentin Mowberry, his wife, Fanny, their fifteen year-old daughter, Georgina, who prefers a more masculine name, as she is a bit of a tomboy, personality wise, and her dog Timmy. One day, she ...
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