A rare and valuable Chinese vase is stolen from a pottery shop and Dick Milton, the owner, asks Nancy for help.
The young sleuth is tasked to find the thief, the missing ornament and to locate a leaning chimney.
This chimney marks a discovery that will solve Dick’s financial problems.
During her investigations, Nancy finds the leaning chimney, but it only leads her into more puzzles.
Are there connections between the theft of the rare vase, a number of similar crimes, and the strange disappearance of a Chinese pottery expert and his daughter?