Klingelingeling... That is the sound of the little bell around the neck of Zock, the smallest goat in the flock. Each morning Anton the goatherd takes Zock, Zick and Zack and all the other goats of the Swiss village up to the meadows to spend the day. Stina, the old mistress of Zack, Zick and Zock warns Anton--""take care...you know what they are like!""--but Anton listens with only half an ear. That very day, the three disappear. After searching a long time, Anton hears the soft tinkle of a little bell. To reach the goats, Anton must jump a swift stream. He hurts his ankle but he finds Zick, Zack and Zock safe, and they all return to a warm welcome in the village. That night, Anton dreams about his adventures. In his sleep, he hears the tinkle of the little bell. ""(It) grows quieter and quieter until it finally disappears. The only sound ... is the gentle breathing of the little goatherd.