This book tells the story of Jemima Puddle-Duck, introduced in the The Tale of Tom Kitten, who seeks out a nesting place away from the farm, . A charming fox, who looks not unlike Mr. Tod, talks her into nesting at his house on a mysteriously ample supply of feathers. He sends the naive Jemima out to collect traditional herbs for stuffing a duck, saying it is for an omelette. The farm collie, Kep, hears about this, jumped in and rescued her. Jemima is eventually able to hatch four ducklings. Jemima living it up.
An animated adaptation of the story, shown along with The Tale of Tom Kitten, was featured on The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends in 1993.