A snake lives in Mrs. Larson's house and eats Children! Jane thinks she is a Scared-Y-Cat. Her friend tells her a boa constrictor lives in the house across from the church, and that it eats children! Jane knows this doesn't sound right but she wonders if this could be true. After all she thinks a bear sleeps under her bed at night. She plans to look in the woman's window to see the snake. While she's trying to build up the nerve to do this she has many things happen to her. She learns she can even scare herself. But things start to look up as Jane discovers that sometimes the worst fear is fear itself.