While looking for a basket in the attic of Grey Gables — the Victorian home she inherited from her maternal grandmother, Betsy Holden — Annie discovers a Scottish sporran containing several ferrules, the silver fittings of a set of bagpipes.
Annie takes her latest mystery to the Hook and Needle Club, the needlecraft group that has helped her many times in the past. The thread of the mystery leads Annie and several of her friends to the Highland Games, but the tight-knit clans the group finds close ranks when Annie and Ian Butler, the mayor of Stony Point, ask too many questions.
What is the mysterious link that puts everyone on edge? The answer is as mournful as the drone of the bagpipes. Join Annie and her Hook and Needle Club friends as they take the high road while someone else is taking the low road in this latest mystery from Annie's attic.