From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Chapter 1 Summary
The letter is one long story. Here goes:
Claudia Kinkaid, who only likes beautiful and fancy things, has a plan. She's going to run away, but not to some icky place like a subway station or a cabin in the woods. She's going to leave on Wednesday for the decidedly beautiful Metropolitan Museum of Art.
She decides to bring her brother Jamie for practical reasons. After all, with his second grade gambling habit, he has the most money of them all.
Why is she running away? Because of the injustice of it all, of course. Why else do twelve-year-olds run away?
She doesn't tell Jamie until Monday, though. Rifling through her parents' wastebasket (not the most hygienic thing to do), she finds one leftover train fare. It's their ticket to freedom.
Claudia sits next to Jamie on the bus on Monday, much to his annoyance—he has money to gamble and win, after all.
She tells him that they're running away on Wednesday, as though he has no choice in the matter.
How rich is Jamie? Well let's just say that the kid has amassed a fortune of twenty-four dollars and forty-three cents. Pretty big deal.
Like any good mysterious spy/detective/James Bond partners, they decide that Claudia will leave him all the details in a secret note. And Jamie will eat it afterwards, to destroy all the evidence.
After they get off the bus, it's back to their normal lives for our super-secret runaway duo. Claudia has to walk with Kevin Brat (nice nickname), her other little brother because it's her turn.
Your time will come, Claudia. Your time for greatness will come.