Toby's father was pulling on his arms to hold him in place. 'Let me go, Father! I want my mother!' His father turned Toby around and held him with both arms. 'No, my son. You must learn to live life on your own. Promise me you will go forth and master your environment. Do as I say.' -Toby's dream from the first night in the garden. Toby Bell is a curious, young mouse who becomes separated from his family during a cat attack and finds refuge in a neighborhood backyard garden that is filled with a community of small animals. They adopt the scared little mouse and teach him the importance of group cooperation. As Toby grows, he becomes a natural born leader of the group and even helps establish the garden's military security force to capture the thief who is stealing possessions from its residents. Toby finds himself the hero of the garden and is ready to conquer life and master his environment!