Telly Finkle is a young, plain, slender brown snake that lives in a deep, quiet hole under a smooth, flat gray rock. Telly doesn't have many friends in the forest. One reason is because Telly smells awful. None of the animals in the forest know that Telly is afraid of water, but what everyone does know is that the main reason Telly can't keep a friend is because he loves to tattle.
With the help of a dark green bullfrog named Willard Warts, Telly finds what it means to be a friend while conquering his fear of water.