Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they live with their grandfather who takes them to visit his friend, Edward, who owns a zoo.
The zoo is wonderful - it has seals and giraffes and elephants and tigers, and Benny's favorite, a little monkey named Amos. It also has a mystery. Someone is mixing up the signs, switching off electricity, and endangering the animals' lives. If the Boxcar Children want to save the animals, they'll have to solve the mystery - and fast!