Franklin, a young turtle, is afraid of the dark, so he drags his small, dark shell behind him. One day, he sets off to look for help. On his quest he encounters a variety of animals, each with its own fear. He meets a duck, afraid of very deep water, who wears water wings. He comes across a bird, scared of flying high, who finds a parachute useful. After meeting these and other creatures, Franklin returns home determined to figure out a way to deal with his own fear. His solution provides a humorous ending to the story, which leaves young and old with a warm chuckle.