Nancy Drew, a teenage sleuth, lives in River Heights and has solved many cases starting with The Secret of the Old Clock. Her two best friends Bess Marvin and George Fayne are included in many of Nancy's cases as well as her boyfriend Ned Nickerson. Her mother died since Nancy was a toddler and Carson Drew has been a widower ever since. Hannah Gruen, their housekeeper, has been like a mother to Nancy.