The abandoned children travel for hundreds of miles on foot and almost no money to their cousin's house in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Their cousin, however, is a fussy and joyless woman, and though she agrees to take them in, the children know they will not be happy there. The children leave to visit their grandmother, of whom they had never heard before they arrived in Bridgeport, and to see if she will take them in. The children travel by bus, boat, foot, and car, and after a series of perilous events, reach their grandmother's run down farm. Their grandmother, however, flatly refuses to take them in.