Chapter One of the book, "The Wooing of Beppo Tate" intoduces the reader to Beppo who has just been adopted by Mr. Tate. He describes the difference in his life by comparing the rich food he is eating as opposed to having very little before. Besides lots of food he has a room for himself as well as new clothes so he is very pleased with his new life.
One of Mr. Tate's friend, Teppy drops by for Sunday breakfast and Beppo realises that he is very greedy. The three of them discuss Mr. Tate's 'enemy', Mrs. Belmont or Mrs. Beltshazzar as Teppy calls her, and he is warned to beware of her. The chapter ends with Beppo and Mr. Tate planning to go to church in Mr. Tate's buggy.