The book is a Creek Indian story about The Great Flood.
The primary characters, in the beginning,are the Otter, who is a listener, and the Honors Himself, a Buffalo Chief. The Otter was similar to a prophet.
The Honors Himself, does not like frogs, but the Otter tells Honors about a frog, who sings above the others. The Spotted Frog sings of the prophecy. The Frog warns of a great flood, but Honors does not listen. Honors also tells others not to listen to the frog. The Frog instructs the Otter to build a raft. The Frog also tells the Otter to remember his (Otter's) name. The tip comes in handy later.