Frederick is the brave one. Ishbu is the hungry one. The rat brothers live in a cage in Miss Dove's classroom, where they can learn??????and eat??????to their hearts' content. Then the fateful day arrives when class bully Millicent Mallory teaches them the meaning of the word . . . extermination No sooner have the two rats fled the school than they embark on the wildest adventure of their lives. They follow the trail of the Burmese Bandicoot, a beautiful and mysterious statue, from the underworld lair of the Big Cheese to a tropical island that may not be the paradise it seems. The brothers' trip around the globe by paw, air, and sea reveals a whole new world??????and reminds them what they value most.