Bud and Jerry get told at breakfast that they are going to foster homes. Bud tells Jerry he will be better off with girls, while bud is stuck with a 12 year old boy.
The 12 year old boy Todd Amos is a bully and a liar. He beats up Bud and Todd tells his mom that Bud beat him up. The Amoses tell Bud he has to sleep in the shed. When he tries to go to sleep he thinks he sees a bat and tries to kill it, but it's a hornets nest. He runs out of the shed to the house.
To get back at Todd, Bud gets a warm glass of water and pours it on Todds pants and makes him wet the bed. Bud gets his suitcase and runs away to the library. He hides under a Christmas tree because the library is closed. Bud thinks about all the things his Mom told him and goes to sleep.