Frampton Nuttel is in the country visiting people that he never met as a remedy for his nervous condition. When he arrives at the Sappleton home, he is greeted by Vera, Mrs. Sappleton's niece.
The only thing that Vera finds out about Mr. Nuttel is how many people he knows in the area. She asks him if he is familiar with the area, because she would not be able to tell her tall tale if Mr. Nuttel was familiar with the area in the country and its inhabitants.
Once Vera is told that Mr. Nuttel does not know anyone in the country, but has come by way of his sister who is an acquaintance of her aunt's, Vera then goes into the story about her Uncles being lost in the bog.