Stella is serving her peach farmer husband Emery a big breakfast when a squirrel appears on the front window screen. She fondles the rodent and gives it food and water, then spots a tramp walking down the public dirt road near their home. Emery says that he has plenty of peaches to pick, and the going wage in the valley is $6 per day, but he might get this tramp to work for $5/day. Emery invites the tramp inside, and offers him three dollars a day plus board and a place in the back yard. The tramp, who says his name is Jesse with no middle or last name, hires on. Jesse gobbles down his breakfast, using a big knife to slice a tomato and some bread. Stella asks him to put the knife away. Jesse asks Stella whether the fat squirrel outside is a pet. She says that it is. He replies that he could kill it so she could make stew for supper. A few minutes later, she hears Jesse's laughter in the yard, rushes outside to find her pet squirrel lying dead, and screams. Jesse claims the squirrel ...