The Prickly Hay story begins with Sam and Lucy, hardworking young stable hands, trying to keep the stable clean and the hay fresh for all the animals in the stable - a very smelly job! No one seems to notice their hard work and it's making Sam & Lucy feel very insignificant. Their ever-faithful friend, Shrew, tries to keep their spirits up, but Sam & Lucy are finding it hard to feel important at all. However, as crowds gather in Bethlehem for the census and the inns fill up, some very special visitors are shown to Sam and Lucy’s stable. Gradually, as the miraculous events of the night unfold, Sam and Lucy start to realise their worth - with a little help from their friend Shrew!