When Farley, a young rat, is taken in by a rat family of a different variety, the oldest son Desmond does not take kindly to the new addition. Shortly afterward it is arranged that Farley be given to twelve-year-old Mel for her birthday. Farley is content with his new owner and home, coping with the jealousy of Heather, the family collie, until one summer day when relatives visit, he does something which Heather and the relatives’ dog deem unforgivable. To make things worse, he receives the news that his adoptive family, plus a bird their owners have been taking care of, have been abducted by the villainous rat Slitthroat and his dastardly minions. With Heather’s ‘help’, Farley escapes the security of his cage and encounters many dangers as well as enemies, friends, and those who choose to judge him for his kind. But will he and his friends rescue the captives in time, let alone have the courage to face the evil Slitthroat and his gang? Will the cynical Desmond finally accept him? And will Farley decide to stay with his family or go back to his owner?
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