Bothered and bitten, a concerned family of dogs comes to a sleek, neat fox for first aid in riddance in a crafty tale of ""one-upmanship"". After opening negotiations, the fox agrees- in exchange for less vigilance by the dog over the chickens he safeguards to tell his secret. The parents and four puppies are led scratching to the stream, instructed to bite a piece of moss and immerse themselves up to their noses. The fleas move to the moss. The author's green and brown pictures express the wiles and bewilderments of an animal world which is close to human.