A stranger enters a village and the hungry residents lock the doors. The stranger cries out that he needs a meal and a bed for the night. The townspeople being a distrustful lot tell him to go away. The stranger, laughing, set a large pot of water to boil and tosses in a stone. Being very hungry the townspeople come out to see what’s cooking. The stranger exclaims that stone soup would be much better with a potato. Right away a villager runs off to get a potato that she has been hoarding. He then says that some carrots would make it even better. Another villager produces hidden carrots. So it goes with meat, onions, and mushrooms to make a very fine soup. Over soup, the villagers learned that much is gained by working together.