From the Central Series
- Josefina Montoya
- Clara Montoya
- Francisca Montoya
- Ana Montoya
- Andres Montoya
- Dolores Romero
- Magdalena Montoya
- Felipe Romero
- Juan Montoya
- Antonio Montoya
- Señor Sánchez
Chapter By Chapter Summary
Chapter One: A Secret Sign
Chapter Two: Two Strangers
Chapter Three: La Llorona
Chapter Four: A Frightening Prediction
Chapter Five: Beginning the Search
Chapter Six: A New Partnership
Chapter Seven: Trouble Between Sisters
Chapter Eight: A Ghost in the Graveyard
Chapter Nine: Francisca's Surprise
Chapter Ten: The Widow's Trunk
Chapter Eleven: Searching for Gold
Chapter Twelve: Secrets Revealed
Chapter Thirteen: Heart's Desire
Discusses New Mexican legends and captives during the 1820s. Topics covered:
- The Spanish explorers who were drawn to New Mexico with tales of treasure and legends of cities made entirely of gold.
- Legends of lost mines and buried treasures first created by colonists, and the archaeological evidence that suggest some of these stories may have been true.
- The origin of certain treasure stories being the Pueblo Revolt, when settlers hid their precious objects in the ground until they wished to return.
- The relationship between Spanish settlers and Pueblo Indians, and the other native groups who would raid Spanish settlements and Pueblo villages.
- Women and children who were taken to become captives, and those who were later on sold as servants.
- Captives who escaped but had changed greatly due to their experiences, with some deciding to stay with their captors and adjust to their new lives.
- The American traders who would go down the Santa Fe Trail to trade in New Mexico.
- The strong business ties between New Mexican and American traders, prompting the American traders who settled down in New Mexico to marry girls from their traders' families.