Joseph Kaye is left home alone while his father picks up his mother. Before he leaves, he tells Joseph that things are "going to change." At a quarter past ten, Joseph notices that the teakettle slowly metamorphoses into a cat; a slipper becomes a bird. The bathroom sink takes on human qualities: a pants leg, lips, nose. And so it continues throughout the house and the yard where the garden hose becomes an elephant's trunk and Joseph's bicycle wheel becomes an apple. Finally Joseph retreats to the darkness of his room until his parents appear--with his new baby sister.