When Mrs. Starch disappears into the Black Vine Swamp during a school field trip, Nick and Martha fear foul play on the part of Duane Scrod, Jr. After all, Mrs. Starch had called him out in class just that week and assigned him a 500 word essay on pimples, so there was a reason for him to want to see her gone from school. Nick and Martha set out to find out more about Mrs. Starch's mysterious absence and stumble into much more than they bargained for. Once again, Hiaasen focuses on environmental issues: this time the endangered Florida panther versus cold hearted oil speculators.
There is lots of mystery and even more adventure in this romp. Those who enjoyed HOOT will not be disappointed in the latest offering.