Amos Slade is a hunter whose only companion is a hound dog. When Red is about six years old, he tries to court Widow Lucas by giving her wildflowers, but when she doesn't answer the door, he leaves the flowers on the doorstep. Six years later, Amos remains an unmarried bachelor in town. One morning, Red delivers a favorite of his, peach pie, that her grandmother made. She offers to let him try a shortbread cookie, but he takes a bite, discovering it tastes horrible. After Amos tosses the remaining cookie on the ground, his dog gobbles it up hungrily, apparently enjoying the treat. Amazed at this, considering the dog is a very picky eater, Amos buys half a dozen cookies from her to use as dog biscuits.
During wolfstime, Amos joins Peter, his father and several other men on a wolf hunting party. By the end of the night, everyone goes home, except Amos, who insists on continuing to look for wolves by himself, despite that Peter and his father try to convince him otherwise. He is eventually killed by the wolf on the hill outside the blacksmith's shop, where Red finds his corpse the next morning. Once news of Amos' death spreads through town, Mayor Filbert calls a town meeting to discuss hunting down the wolf before more people are killed.