Boy and his father live in a house by the sea, hisfather works hard as a fisherman and Boy often has only their six cats for company. So when, one day, he finds a baby whale washed up on the beach after a storm, Boy is excited and takes it home to care for it. He tries to keep his new friend a secret, but but there's only so long you can keep a whale in the bath without your dad finding out. Boy is eventually persuaded that the whale has to go back to the sea where it belongs. For Boy, even though he can't keep it, the arrival of the whale changes his life for the better - the perfect gift from one friend to another.