Cordelia, her mama Penca, her grandma Anacely and Jack the Dog find tiny aunts and uncles underneath the bunk bed, including one who tells stories.
With the help of an armadillo, Cordelia rids her pants of tiny ants, who turn out to be aunts. But that’s just where it starts! Soon she discovers tiny men, building houses down beneath her bunk bed. They are politely asked to leave, and when they don’t they are sent off to live with those tiny aunts. Finally Cordelia discovers one last uncle, down beneath the bunk bed, scratching with a goose feather pen. He and his scribblings are swept skywards, but before he disappears he cries out, “Those are your stories! But do not worry, for as sure as I am your Uncle Bunkle I shall bring them back to you!” This is more important than she realizes – for without her stories, she will lose all her memories from her earliest years, when she was tiny as well. And so begin the Uncle Bunkle stories.