In THE ISLE OF ALASKA MYSTERY,
high school senior Jake Benveniste has arrived in Seattle with his mother,
a software specialist with McDowell Aeronautical. Jake meets Janet
Webster, a beautiful but potentially dangerous young woman, who works for
the Seattle Commission on a Competitive Workplace. Involvement with Janet
lands Jake right in the middle of the Commission's plot to illegally
dispose of toxic wastes in the waters of Puget Sound. With the help of a
University professor named Dr. Sherlock Homes, and the grudging assistance
of Janet Webster, Jake foils the Commission's plans.
Jake is entrusted with a computer diskette
by Janet's mentor, James, after James is injured. The diskette contains
vital information that implicates many leading citizens in illegal
activities of the Commission. As Jake becomes deeply immersed in the plot,
he is pursued through the streets of Seattle by Marvin Noxin, a ex-Navy
SEAL who wants to get the diskette back. Jake entrusts the diskette to his
friend, Dr. Sherlock Homes. Later, investigating Janet's
responsibility in the affair, Jake leads Noxin on a perilous and exciting
chase in sea kayaks through a surprise summer storm in Puget Sound.
In the end, with Noxin planning to seal
Jake in a 55 gallon toxic waste drum and toss him off the deck of the
tramp freighter ISLE OF ALASKA, Janet comes to the rescue and saves Jake's
life. For this act of heroism she isn't punished too badly when the
information on the disk is turned over to the authorities.
Dr. Homes, impressed with Jake's knowledge
of science and his quick thinking in difficult situations, offers him a
job in ferreting out what is causing problems at a research site on the
Olympic Peninsula. Jake happily accepts.