A girl named Abilene goes to Manifest, Kansas. She goes there to find out how he left his mark on the place. On the way, she finds out about the Rattler (the spy.) She goes on a spy hunt with her new friends, Ruthanne and Lettie. After she finds a Lucky Bill cigar box in her room (with mementos, a map, and letters from Ned to Jinx), she goes to the diviner, Ms. Sadie, and finds out how to connect her dad to the events in 1917-1918 to her own time (1936).