The Maze Of bones Storyline The Maze of Bones is the first book in The 39 Clues series.

It is written by Ric k Riordan, and was published by Scholastic on September 9, 2008. The story arc o f the series has been established by Riordan, but a collaboration of six other a uthors will continue to write the story through the next nine books. Plot summary Amy and Dan Cahill, the protagonists of the novel and their grandmother, Grace's , favorite grandchildren, attend Grace's funeral after her death. A choice is gi ven to a select number of heirs: to find the 39 Clues, which will make the winne r the "most powerful and influential person(s) on the planet", or to take a mill ion dollars and walk away. Amy and Dan decide to accept the challenge. Their gua rdian, Aunt Beatrice disowns them, and they receive the first Clue. The first clue puzzles all of the competitors, and prompts Amy and Dan to check in the library for a man named Richard S-. They discover that Richard Saunders, the name they were looking for, is actually Benjamin Franklin who was a Cahill. Am y and Dan, along with their friendly uncle, Alistair Oh, find an almanac by Fran klin,which their relatives, like Alistair's father, Gordan Oh, and Dan and Amy's mother, Hope Cahill, have written in. Soon they realize there is a fire in the mansion, which ultimately burns it down. Altsair escapes with Poor Richard's Alm anack and Dan and Amy are left with nothing but their grandmother's cat, Saladin , whom Dan rescued in their escape, and their grandmother's jewelry box. They realize in order to travel to different places they will need adult supervi sion, so they enlist their au pair, Nellie Gomez, to accompany them on their jou rney. The Cahills find a lead in Philadelphia, prompting them to travel to Paris , France, where they learn more about Ben Franklin and their family. After turning down a proposal from fellow competitor Jonah Wizard, whom they met after arriving in Paris, they follow Irina Spasky, who, due to a theft chain, n ow has the almanac. Irina lured them into a trap on an island, but they were lat er saved unpredictably by the Holts, a family who is also after the Clues. After their escape, Amy and Dan told Nellie all about the 39 Clues, and Nellie decide s to help them. With their information, the Cahills go to the Paris Catacombs. They find some bo nes which have numbers on them: a magic box number game, planted there by Frankl in to give the coordinates to the next Clue. This leads them to a church where t hey find a room with a mural of the four original Cahills, after who the four Ca hill branches are named. Inside the vase is a small vial, with scrambled words on it. Dan solves the anag ram, and they resolve to insert the vial into a lightning rod one of Franklin's in ventions to charge it. Amy succeeds, but the vial is stolen by Cahill enemies the Kabras. Even though the Kabras stole the vial, Dan still has the important paper containing what they need, and solves the puzzle on the first clue they were gi ven: iron solute. Amy's Internet searches for Franklin also have led them to the probable location of the second Clue: Vienna, Austria, the home of Wolfgang Ama deus Mozart.