"If only I had a crystal ball," said Willy to his mother when he was small,"my future I then would be able to see." His mother replied, "Well, that may be. But when searching for any treasure, the quest itself can bring you pleasure. So if something looks fun and worthwhile to you, just give it a try and see how you do." Throughout his journey William Wallingford Worm tries to emulate the lifestyles of insects and animals from different walks of life. After failing repeatedly, Willy becomes discouraged and gives up...until a chance encounter finally allows him to find his own niche in life.