When Jake’s father discovers that birds are eating the corn crop, he lets Jake make a scarecrow. But Jake’s scarecrow has problems of his own: he is not bold enough to frighten off the big birds - or the small birds - or the mice that make their homes in his clothes. His scarecrow doesn’t like the wind, the rain or the noises he hears at night. Jake has to find a way to make his scarecrow contented: after all, scarecrows can’t live in houses!