Summer in St. Ives is a good time for the stray cat. Visitors give him titbits to eat and it is warm on his hill. Then in autumn the tourists start to leave and food is more difficult to come by. But winter is worse: it is a cold lonely time – full of danger and constant hunger. Appetizing smells from the village drift up the hill enticing him to risk the notice of the fierce village cats. And come Christmas who will remember the cat on the hill? This is a family favourite throughout the year – and especially at Christmas.