Alligators, witches and spooky mansions aren’t your average neighbors unless you live in the Ornofree swamp in the backwater town of Hadleyville. The town’s bad boy, Pete Riley, may only be twelve, but he’s up to his eyeballs in trouble. The trouble arrives when a legendary hundred-year-old mansion materializes next door and the Ornofree alligators declare war to save their swamp from bulldozers. Then Pete’s guardian aunt and her friends vanish trying to restore order using outdated witchcraft. Pete must find the witches and stop the war. He might succeed if his one friend, Weasel, sticks with him.