The Gawtrybe send out their chieftain, Wakka, to challenge and defeat Martin, but the mouse defeats him and the squirrels leave, dejected. But they return, taunting the travelers, and Martin asks what they want, and they say they want to "play" which involves, chasing Martin and his friends up to the top of the mountain, if they get there first, the squirrels will throw them off, if Martin and his friends get there first, they win and the squirrels will leave them alone.
Finally showing nothing but hate for the Gawtrybe, Martin decides to cheat them by telling his friends to move as soon as they can and leave the squirrels behind. The Gawtrybe realize they have been tricked, and their anger lends them speed, and they catch up with the others, almost winning the terrifying and dangerous race, but then finally Martin and the others get to a giant cave.
Martin calls for Boldred, and then suddenly a giant owl comes out of the cave just as the Gawtrybe are about to maul the travelers to death. Boldred, the owl, berates the squirrels for their sadism and she sends them on their way to sit on the mountain edge and reflect on their many evils.
However, they fight at the last battle against Badrang, and are shepherded back home by Boldred.