Savannah dreams of being a TV-famous archeologist like her parents. When she sneaks on-set and unleashes an ancient curse, she must solve a magic puzzle, battle a ghostly Polish hussar, and outsmart her crush-turned-rival to break the spell...all while surviving seventh grade. If she fails, she'll be history.
Savannah loved the stale scent of crypt dust. Sure, it made her sneeze and kept her curly, brown hair smelling gross all day long. But it meant something special.
It meant she was about to find something ancient.
She opened the camera app on her phone and started a video, focusing on the giant hill standing before her. It was a burial mound, carved into the earth and filled with treasure. The grassy knoll was flat on top, like someone had slid a cardboard box under a green quilt.
“Day one of our new dig in Poland!” she announced, scanning the camera across the landscape. Sun poured over the sides of the tomb like spilled lemonade. “Welcome to my video journal for the National Geographic Coolest Discovery Competition.”
The magazine had just announced the annual event, and this was the first year that Savannah Indiana, newly-minted twelve-year-old, was old enough to compete.
In one month, she would submit her video journals in hopes of winning the grand prize: a NatGeo TV episode dedicated to her. She could already picture her face going viral on screens across the globe. People would stop her in the grocery store to autograph their apples.
There was only one thing standing in her way. She had to, y’know, discover something.
That wouldn’t be too hard, since she and her family had just landed in Gdansk, where her parents would be filming the newest season of their TV show, Crypts and Catacombs.