The day the ferret fell from the sky, crashing into a field just outside of Chugwater village is one he'd been looking forward to for a long time. The impact leaves him feeling quite dazed - and stark naked, but still he smiles. He is whole again, and this is his first small step toward fixing the big mistake he'd made so long ago, a mistake so dreadful that his mind had split in two, going off to live two separate lives.
Powerful creatures such as the ferret don't go unnoticed, however. The leader of the Urknods, Umperor Rodgarr, has sent his War General to capture him. He plans on using the animal in his own devious schemes, but three children find the ferret moments before the General shows up and inadvertently save the day by running off with the ferret in a conveniently located space-ship. The unexpected, yet dull journey through space soon becomes a nutty dash across the galaxy to save their village when it's dumped on a comet that's heading for a black
hole. The ferret seems hell-bent on sabotaging their mission, and slowly it becomes clear to the children that he is no ordinary animal. He's the legendary Time Ferret, with his own agenda and his own deadline to meet - bringing an entire planet back to life is never easy,
especially when you've got thousands of light-years to travel, half the galaxy chasing after you, and just a few hours left to live.
There's a special place in hell reserved for people who tease Miss Snark during a crapometer.