Three schoolboys, Chris, Dan, and Jason, walk home from school and approach the farmhouse of Old Man Hawkins. Hawkins sees them and dares Chris to come over. When the boy reluctantly does, Hawkins says that he and his friends should go to an oak tree in a field, mark off ten paces, and then dig four feet down. Hawkins promises the boy that he'll find a big surprise buried there and laughs.
Chris convinces his friends to go to the field to them, although Jason wonders if Hawkins is playing a prank on them. The other two don't see what the point would be, and figure that there's buried treasure. They borrow some shovels from a nearby farm and start digging, but Jason only does so reluctantly and Dan finally gets bored. Chris keeps digging on his own and finally unearths a wooden chest. It starts to open on its own and Chris crawls back in horror. He stares in shock as Old Man Hawkins emerges from the chest and says, "Surprise!"