The Marlahan Mustard Mystery
or WOAD is ME!
The French Duchy of Toulouse is in dire straits. It is running out of mustard, or “woad” as it has been known for centuries, from which they make the Royal Blue dye for the king. The Duke and Duchess of Toulouse promise to marry their daughter, the Contessa, to the first man who can find a new source of woad.
The evil Baron Von Naste’ goes to America in search of the valuable mustard plant. His travels take him to Beaver Valley in the far northern California mountains. The Contessa, vowing not to marry the Baron, stows away on the ship to San Francisco and follows him to Beaver Valley in an attempt to foil his plan and thereby save herself from an unhappy fate.