The West Coast’s most battling crime, the mysterious murder of Captain Walter Wanderwell on his yacht Carma. Aloha Wanderwell! What a name! What a girl! She would soon be dubbed by the press The Rhinestone Widow in the trial of the century.
In 1922–when Baker was 16–she joined the expedition of a Polish adventurer whose name was so difficult to pronounce in English that he adopted “Wanderwell.” His mission was to drive a Model T Ford around the world. Only Baker stayed with him through the entire trip, which ended triumphantly in Detroit three years later.
She’s been a a prisoner of war in China. She’s camped in the path of a thirst-maddened horde of elephants. She’s driven through four days and nights of teeming Australian rain in a race with starvation. At the end of all this she arrives in Glasgow as calm, as poised, and as beautifully dressed as a fashion plate.