Most of the story takes place at the candy shop owned by Henry's father.
Though his father was fat and merely owned a candy and nut shop, Harry Tillian liked his papa.
The parrot, named Rocky, is good company for Papa Tillian when business is slow in the candy shop. Harry begins to take an interest in the candy shop again, because he has avoided it since he got older. He is embarrassed because his father seems to talk more to the bird than people.
Yet when Harry returns to the shop, he realizes that his father has missed him.
He understood now: someone has been saying, for a long time, “Where’s Harry? Miss him.”
He takes care of the bird and then returns to the hospital to visit his father.