The American Laird is a biographical novel based on the life of Dr. Elton A. Eckstrand, an American attorney. He was a world famous racing driver from 1960 until 1973 and is a member of the Drag Racing Hall of Fame. With his racing earnings he purchased a castle in Scotland. Eckstrand became the 18th Laird, the title passing with the deed. The castle dates from the 1400’s and has secret passageways and numerous reports about ghosts, both play important parts in the book. The new Laird, a bachelor, hires a young lady to assist in organizing the numerous documents and artifacts in the castle. Unbeknown to the Laird she is a descendent of a former Laird and her branch of the family was deprived of succession to the castle by deception. She is sure there is a substantial amount of monetary wealth hidden in the castle, and she is determined to find it for herself. As the story unfolds, the Laird becomes more and more integrated in the social life of the local landed gentry with their many eccentricities, and he also becomes more and more acquainted with his young lady assistant.