In this charming old-fashioned tale with a contemporary message, three trader rats invade an attic where a long-forgotten colony of dolls resides.
McClot, McClutter and McClump offer the dolls exactly what each wants, asking very little in return -- half a teapot. Vanilla, Sasparilla and Marie enthusiastically agree. Miss Mumbles and Scrumptious the Bear are compelled to accept the terms, despite anxieties.
Only Ready Steady and his sarcastic horse, Ramona, recognize how dangerous the newcomers are. As rats are not easy to defeat, all must unite. Courage, brilliance and unalloyed fun ensue. Derek, a high-flying spider, not only spins the tale but sings such terrible songs he helps drive the rats away.