This is Flora, Ulysses the squirrel, and Mrs. Tickham the neighbor. Flora's mom thinks she is strange. Flora calls herself a natural born cynic. Ulysses was sucked up by the vacuum, and he got superpowers.
Flora's mom does not like Flora having a squirrel because she thinks it makes her daughter strange .Her mom just wants her to be normal.
Flora's mom tells Mr. Buckman to take Ulysses and kill him in the sack. Flora is hiding on the stairs and hears her mom tell her dad, so now she knows her mom is Ulysses' arch-nemesis.
Flora's mom kidnaps Ulysses because she wants to kill him. She thinks Flora having a pet squirrel makes her strange, and she just wants Flora to be normal.
When Flora realizes Ulysses was kidnapped, she goes to find William Spiver so that they can look for Ulysses. Mrs. Tickham joins them in their search.
Flora's mother finds Flora safe at Dr. M's apartment. Mrs. Buckman says she doesn't care if she is strange anymore. She just wants her safe and happy.