Tabitha Tinker is ten yrs old and loves Christmas except for the annual visit of her cousin, Melvin. He is a spoiled brat. He has no boundaries and seemingly no regrets for the damage he does. He pours perfume on Tabitha's cat, he gets his head stuck in the railings of the stairway, he breaks an expensive Swiss music box clock, and destroys precious ornaments on the Tinker's tree. When Tabitha finds out he has a terminal disease, her attitude toward him changes. It's very funny. and also touching.