Prewitt Peacock has the plainest tail of any of the peacocks in his group, but it quickly takes a frightening twist, growing into a "monster". Prewitt's inability to keep his tail under control earns him the anger of the other peacocks, but it might come in handy when dealing with Travis the tiger...
This book contains examples of the following tropes:
- All of the Other Reindeer: Prewitt isn't very popular before his tail begins changing because of how plain he is, and after it becomes spooky, they're mad at him for scaring them. All that changes when they realize Prewitt's tail scares off their primary predator.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: The other peacocks (starting with their current leader) talk Prewitt into becoming their leader after he scares off Travis.
- Chekhov's Gun: Prewitt's tail is very spooky and he can't keep it from springing up. While this initially makes the other peacocks furious at him, it comes in handy when it scares Travis just before he can eat them all.
- Sadistic Choice: The other peacocks demand that Prewitt either get rid of his tail or leave the group. When Prewitt tells them he's keeping the tail and staying, they chase after him to pull out his feathers.