Led by her Aunt Dete, Heidi arrives in the village of Dörfli to live with Uncle, her grandfather. On the train taking them to Dörfli, Heidi meets Dörfli's grocer, Mrs Keller and her daughter Theresa. She hears about her grandfather for the first time and the depiction is somewhat scary. Once in the village, the rumours about "Uncle" grow as Barbel, the blacksmith's wife, warns Dete about her choice; no one should leave a child to this grumpy old bear! As they pass the village and climb the path to the cabin, Heidi meets Peter, the young goatherd, and his goats. When they reach Grandfather's cabin, they are not welcome. The old man is grumpy and cold. He refuses to take care of Heidi and sends Dete away when she brings up dark memories of the past. Dete leaves her niece behind anyway. Heidi sleeps in the barn with the goats, hoping that Grandfather will be in a better mood after his night's rest. In the barn she meets Grandfather's two goats, Little Bear and Little Swan and his dog, Joseph, a large St Bernard.