Nancy Drew races against time to unravel the clues in a dead mans letters. If she succeeds, Philip March and his little granddaughter can be saved from financial ruin. Following obscure clues, Nancy undertakes a search for some unpublished musical manuscripts which she believes are hidden in the dark, cluttered attic of the rundown March mansion. But someone else wants them enough to put many frightening obstacles in Nancys way. Will she outwit a trio of ruthless thieves and solves the Marches problems?