This is a fable of wits over strength. The tale revolves around a drinking hole where all the animals live at peace. Evil beavers damn the stream that feeds the watering hole, threatening the survival of all the animals. In turn, the bear, the lion, and the elk all fail to destroy the damn by using their muscles. In the end, Cropper the Chipmunk tricks the evil beavers into destroying their own damn and thus saves the woodland creatures.