Miss Otto tells a story filled with the warmth of a New England fireside in winter. Tim's fasination with elephants is heightened by a chance meeting with the greatest admirer of them all, his neighbor in Brattieboro, Vermont, Rudyard Kipling. But little did Tim or his sister dream that the famous writer would involve them in a thrilling treasure hunt, involving Jumbo, the hidden elephant. A siege of chicken pox is frustrating for Tim, and Christmas festivities intervene pleasantly, but after a time Tim solves the mystery by following the familiar animals of the neighborhood. The trail leads to Jumbo -- a huge elephant fashioned out of gray stone, forever a part of Vermont. Suspense builds to a completely unpredictable ending in a flavorful story that can stand beautifully on its own or as an initiation to the works of Rudyard Kipling.