Nancy witnesses a purse snatching and runs after the thief. She rescues the purse, but not its contents; then, is asked by the owner, a doll collector, to do some detective work.
“The source of light will heal all ills, but a curse will follow him who takes it from the gypsies.”
This is one of the clues Nancy is given to find an old album, a lost doll, and a missing gypsy violinist.
The young sleuth never gives up her search, even though she is poisoned by a French-swordsman doll, run off the road in her car by an enemy, and sent many warnings to give up the case.