Hop-Along is a roadrunner, but unlike all of her roadrunner friends, she has only one leg. So she cannot run as fast. Even though she is very capable and strong others make fun of her. One day the other roadrunners run so fast they get lost, and Hop ends up saving the day and her friends suddenly realize that although she is different Hop is a valuable part of the community.
Speed bump the tortoise makes his character debut in this book and is delightfully slow and very insightful. He is soon to have a book of his own and will be recurring throughout the series.