A beguiling mother and son story written with the air of complete reality. In a small New York apartment eight year old Bruce lives with his mother, a struggling artist, who promises him they will celebrate with ice cream when she is paid for her drawings. Meanwhile Joanna, who lives nearby with her parents and a family of Siamese cats, gives Bruce a kitten to nurse when its mother goes dry. When the drawing money comes and turns out to be only a sixth of what was expected, Bruce and his mother celebrate anyway. Their day is a touching contrast between Bruce's innocent gaiety and his mother's knowledge of their plight-- that's finally removed when Joanna's parents commission some portraits and they can stay in the apartment with the kitten and near their new found friends.