Liselott is lonely and frightened in the new town where she has just moved with her mother and little sister. Her vague attempts to make new friends fail because of her shyness. About this time, she wanders to the woods where she sees a strange looking animal which she knows instantly is a goloff. Liselott leads the goloff which she names Goloff home and keeps it in the cellar. Uncritical, loving Goloff replaces the little girl's need for her old friend Birgitta. However, despite her reclusive nature, Liselott eventually does make two friends, and her strange pet is gradually forgotten. Goloff runs away and when her former owner tries to find her, she runs further. Liselott then realizes a goloff is a companion who only comes to lonely people and that if she ever needs one again, she'll be able to find one. The author's portrayal of Liselett herself is sensitive and comical; quiet children (the younger ones of this age group) will sympathize with her fumbling attempts to adjust. Decorations by Paul Caldone are in black and white-- not up to some of his work.