After the shocking end to the previous book, the Mennyms cautiously begin to go about their lives again. That is until Sir Magnus has a premonition. The end is nigh!
Waugh, as the series goes on, continually reached for a deeper meaning in her story about a rag-doll family that could have simply skimmed on the surface of cute whimsy. Sometimes she's reaching beyond her grasp, but with the early book and with this one she's hit a mark here. Time is passing outside even if the Mennyms advance only slowly. The outside world was going to figure out the Mennyms sooner or later and there would be questions that couldn't be avoided with a low-brimmed hat or an attitude.
Whatever their personal feelings about the premonition, the dolls prepare - especially Tulip - in their own way. As the day and the hour come nearer we can only wonder along with them about what will happen.