The Missing Hand: A Plum Run Mystery —A summer with Grandma and Grandpa turns out to be quite the adventure for young Daryl. A mystery that threatens his life and those around him is finally told. Daryl was 10 years old that summer in 1948, when his hound came trotting through the woods with a human hand in its jaws – a shrunken, well-preserved brown hand. The local physician, the Marion County sheriff, a university biology professor, and scientists from Pittsburgh Carnegie Museum all examined the hand, but none could identify its age or means of preservation.
That summer on his grandparents West Virginia farm was a memorable one, and until now, Daryl had never told a soul about his encounter with a murderer and how he escaped with the help of his trusted hound, Bonnie.