"Listen if you want to leave then be my guest," said Mrs Vine, stepping out of his way and extending her arm to show him the door. Peter walked hesitantly towards the door keeping a wary eye on Mrs Vine and the toad expecting them to pounce at any second. "But I must admit," she continued, "I thought you'd want to find out why you can't read, why you're accident prone, and why you always think you're stupid." When Peter Shaw's neighbour tells him the Vankillions are haunting him and his family he knows he has to get out of her house as quickly as possible. However, when she claims to know why he's accident prone, can't read and always thinks he's stupid, Peter's curious and has to stay and find out what she knows. But he's not expecting what she shows him or prepared for what she asks him to become.