An old and childless couple lived in the mountains, their only friend being a loyal and steadfast hare. A tanuki (racoon dog) also lived close by and he would taunt and torment the old couple, sometimes stealing from them or playing tricks. One day the old man captured the racoon dog and imprisoned him in their house. Whilst the old man was out chopping wood and the woman was making soup the tanuki pleads for mercy, promising that he will stop his evil ways and will start helping them. Being kind hearted the old woman complies and sets the tanuki free but he promptly beats her head in with a heavy kitchen utensil. The tanuki then sets about finishing the meal the woman had started by butchering her body and adding her to it. When the man returns the tanuki has used magic to transform himself into the man's wife and invites him to share the meal. Once the man has finished the tanuki transforms back and tells the man what he has done before running away. The hare, hearing what has transpired, is angry and vows to bring the racoon dog to justice. He tricks the tanuki into carrying firewood on its back before setting him alight. He then treats his wounds with a salt and hot chilli mix. Eventually he tricks the tanuki into rowing a clay boat on a lake and whilst the boat dissolves in the water the hare bludgeons the tanuki with an ore and abandons the racoon dog to a watery grave.