The happy life of Desmond, a young Australian lizard, is shattered by an earthquake, which leaves him and his friends orphaned. In the course of the rescue, they are directed through an organization to charitable families abroad. At night on the plane, an overheard conversation makes Desmond wonder about their destination. Are they actually being taken to a zoo? Coincidentally, a crash-landing in a swamp allows the children to escape. Soon they are found by Arlene, a kindhearted golden eagle, who guides them to Greenhill Forest. Amid their new life of fun school activities, the children learn important lessons on friendship, but can they also avoid capture by the zookeepers?