In chapter 1 Jake and his mom just got new chicks. One of the chicks is grey with hairy green legs. Jake names her Pecky Greenleg and then finds out that ‘she’ is a ‘he’…and can talk.
In chapter 2 Jake and Pecky decide to try and learn where Pecky came from as none of the other chicks can talk. Jake promises to start at the hatchery.
In chapter 3 Jake tells Pecky he had no luck at the hatchery but that the man he talked to seemed nervous and uncomfortable talking about the gray chicks so they decide they need to go to the post office to find out more about the delivery.
In chapter 4 Jake and Pecky visit the local post office where they learn that the delivery man from McDougal Hatchery came back after the delivery and swapped the package with another box.
In chapter 5 Pecky and Jake decide that they need to take a trip back to the hatchery to confront Gilbert.
In chapter 6 Jake takes Pecky back to the hatchery to confront Gilbert and they discover that Gilbert can hear Pecky too.
In chapter 7 Gilbert tells Pecky and Jake how Pecky came to the hatchery and what happened to the others like him.
“What do you mean he’s the only one left?” asked Jake.
Pecky looked as shocked as a chicken could look and was, for once, speechless.
“I mean…they didn’t make it. They had…accidents.”
The accidents. They were…fatal?
Gilbert simply nodded.
All three were silent for a few minutes. Even though Pecky could not remember his fellow chicks, he felt a sadness at their loss.
Jake reread the note he still held.
“Wait a minute, did you see this?”
Jake held the note and read ‘Danger awaits them outside your doors’.
“So?” Gilbert shrugged.
“So, it says that danger awaits them outside the hatchery.”
But the real danger was inside!
“Exactly,” Gilbert said grimly.
“That still doesn’t explain why you gave Pecky to us,” said Jake.
“You were the last to place such a large order. We needed to get Pecky out of the hatchery as quickly as possible.”
Pecky nodded, but Jake still looked doubtful.
“How could you be sure that we could be trusted? You could have been sending Pecky into danger.”
“It was a risk, but we had to take it.”
A loud silence filled the room.
So now what do we do?
“We…wait,” said Gilbert.
Jake scowled at Gilbert.
“We can’t just wait around for someone to come after Pecky.”
No. I’m not the only one who would be hurt. I can’t put Jake at risk.
“There is something else we could do.”
Well, what is it?
“You’re not going to like it.”
“Just spit it out already,” Jake said rolling his eyes.
“We could set a trap.”
“A trap? What would we use as…oh,” said Jake turning to Pecky.
Me. I would be the bait.