Mr. and Mrs. Horak long for a baby. While digging in the garden one day, Mrs Horak pulls up a tree-stump that looks very much like a small child. After some minor work in the toolshed, she brings it to life with her longing and love. The baby, called Otik, is uncontrollably hungry. After eating the household cat, he soon he develops a taste for human flesh. His father decides to lock him in the cellar and let him starve. But the neighbor's daughter, little Alzbetka, takes over the care of the abandoned Otik, stealing food from her family's fridge and sacrificing her savings to try to feed him. In despair, she offers him his own parents to eat, but in vain.