Wolfe is scheduled to look for dinosaurs in the African jungle, and he plans to leave Marty and Grace in Europe before the expedition starts.
Things go awry, however, when an accident plunges Marty and Grace into the middle of the Congolese jungle.
Soon the henchmen of the evil Noah Blackwood are pursuing the twins.
The narrator is usually a young boy, a sharp observer of his world who dodges the slaps and curses of his harried mother, tries to stifle his laughter at his pompous, rich uncle, and listens to the stories of Aunt Yente, whose scoundrel husband left her and went off to America.
If faith and tradition are the cement of the struggling Jewish community in late-nineteenth-century Eastern Europe, so also are gossip and ritualized insult.
Bickering and envy are as much a part of family life as love and mutual support: Sholom Aleichem's humane acceptance of our imperfections gives his shtetl stories an enduring vitality.
After their parents are lost in an accident, thirteen-year old twins Grace and Marty are whisked away to live with their Uncle Wolfe-an uncle that they didn't even know they had! When twins Marty and Grace O'Hara discover that their adventurous parents have gone missing, they leave their Swiss boarding school and join their mysterious uncle, Travis Wolfe, on his island in Washington State.
The intimidating Uncle Wolfe is an anthropologist who has dedicated his life to finding cryptids, mysterious creatures believed to be long extinct. They soon learn that their uncle is one of the world's foremost authorities on cryptids (think Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster).