Worried that his hiding place for the money turned it to ashes, Abner tells Cedric all about it. Hiding it in the wood burning stove turned disasterous when a fire was lit in it. Cedric tries to help Abner brainstorm ideas on how to replace the missing cash.
Lum has returned from a trip to Pine Ridge, and he has a secret. He found the money before lighting the fire, and he deposited while he was gone. Abner is relieved, but not after Lum tells how he’s even more determined to find the thief, and send him to the penin’tentary.
Squire is still Lum’s main suspect, but Cedric lets it slip who really put the money in the stove. Now that the truth is out, how will Lum react next?