Butterwops is a beetle who has lived for a long time. The younger beetles call him “the general” and he tries his best to guide them. When the man in the house where they are living starts putting yellow stuff on the floor the beetles don’t do so well. Butterwops tells them not to eat it but it smells sweet and the younger beetles don’t always listen. When Jimmy, Butterwops great-grandson, tells him that there are new people in the house next door Butterwops decides to take his beetles and move. Will things be better in this new house?