The play starts in the living room of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson. Their daughter Simi is excited about her trip to grandma place. She looks forward to the trip even though her classmates said grandmas are old and boring, her parents convince her that her grandma is neither old nor boring.
On getting to Granny’s house, both grandmother and granddaughter bonded immediately and a later granny sits Simi down to narrate an African folktale.
The folktale begins with a conversation between tortoise and rabbit complaining about famine in the animal kingdom. Tortoise later went on a journey to a river to fetch palm kernel but after gathering the palm kernel, it fell into the river, he jumps into the river in search of his kernel; in his desperation to retrieve his kernel, he went to dangerous regions under the river. There he met with a mermaid queen who gives him a magical scoop. The scoop is capable of conjuring food. Excited at the prospect of providing abundant food for his family, he thanked queen mermaid and left.
Tortoise gets home and meets his wife Yanrinbo who welcome’s him well in anticipation of meagre food. Tortoise brings out the scoop and it magically produced foods, her sister rendered praises on her husband.
Tortoise later became pompous and conceited with all the adulation he receives so he goes to the king and cunningly manipulated him using the prospect of ending the kingdom’s
famine as leverage; he demands to be made a chief. Lion (the king) agrees to install Tortoise as chief.
Tortoise later became rich and snobbish; he became tyrannical to his friends. The snail who was Tortoise close friend conspired with Shark to banish tortoise from the animal kingdom. They both arranged to destroy the magical powers of the scoop. Because the scoop got destroyed and tortoise could no longer provide food for the animal kingdom, he was banished from the kingdom to the admiration of all the other animals.
Grandma then ends her story, Simi talks about the lessons she learns and what interests her about the story. They both laugh and grandma promise her another story for the next day.