One of a series which looks at the cycle of life from birth to death, this book focuses on plants and animals that live around a pond. It is the story of how life begins and how these living things manage, or fail to survive over a period of a year. As in the first book in this series, "The Hunt for Food", each spread has a paragraph describing the scene illustrated. Extended captions give information about lifecycles, habitat, seasons and the changes these bring about for pond-dwellers such as amphibians, waterbirds (heron, ducks, moorhens, grebe, swallows), pond snails, pike sticklebacks, snakes, otters, water voles, diving beetles, dragonflies, mosquitoes and mayflies. Plants such as iris, waterlilies, duckweed and greater reedmace are also shown.