Tekatu, the little cub, likes to play and have fun. He doesn't like to obey his parents. Tekatu would rather eat berries and play in the water than learn how to catch fish. When it's time to hibernate, he doesn't want to be in a cave for the many long winter months, so he decides to disobey his parents and run away. When Tekatu is lost and alone in the big woods, he realizes that being safe is better than being alone. With the help of strangers, Tekatu learns that being disobedient can cause much trouble. When he sees his parents again, they all hug each other. Tekatu learns that obeying his parents has many rewards and from then on he decides to obey them becasue they know what is best for him.