The story begins when Bertram Reliable Butternut No-Nothing and his wife, Dorianna Hiccup Whatsername No-Nothing are about to have their first child, Betty. Baby Betty is the smartest No-Nothing ever born. Of course, that's not saying much. After all, her parents wouldn't know a diaper if one landed on their heads (we know — we saw it happen). And they couldn't even spell "stroller" much less use one.