Eigil, a boy of seven years old, lives with his father, mother and little sister on a farm. When Uncle Otto visits and his father starts speaking to him in proverbs, Eigil wonders what's going on. What is a flurry for instance? Eigil wonders what it might look like. To his big surprise, the next day he meets one, a creature with one leg and one toe. He decides never to get rid of it.