When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesnt just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along.
Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of 225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it?
Or isnt it? Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E.
Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself. Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.