A tribe of deprived muskrats make war on another tribe of muskrats. Paul, who lives at Hemlock Hall, is invited by some birds and rabbits to mediate. He manages, and after lengthy counseling sessions, a muskrat wedding and a prize-fight, the captains of the two tribes discover their cousinship and a muskrat grandma is reunited with her ratty grandsons. The meadows are swamped with peace. The animals all address Paul as though they were yanking at forelocks and some of them are cluttered up with clothes. The lingering, cliche-ridden descriptions take matters from bad to worse.