When Elmer and the other elephants search for Wilbur, they have trouble finding him because he is a ventriloquist and they keep looking in the wrong places.
One night, the Great Freddie, a young ventriloquist, is possessed by a dybbuk, a Jewish spirit. A scrappy demon who glows as if spray-painted by moonlight. The dybbuk is revealed to be the ghost of a twelve-year-old boy named Avrom Amos, a victim of the Nazis during World War II. In a plucky scheme to seek revenge, he commandeers The Great Freddie’s stage act and entraps the entertainer in the postwar ashes of Germany. Behind the footlights, the dybbuk lights up the terrible fate of a million and a half Jewish children, including Avrom himself.
Left in the care of an n’er-do-well uncle, siblings Clarrie and Will devise an elaborate plan involving ventriloquist’s dolls, costumes, and forged boarding passes to reunite their separated family.