It is the 1940s. (We can tell by the Linoleum and clothes) Future president Dennis(the menace) is in trouble as he is sneaking cookies with milk. Lucky the family dog looks on. It appears that his parents are out on the town and Dennis is hiding from his siblings because he does not like to share with them. His clothes are tattered from playing outside especially from climbing and falling from trees. Later that day Dennis suffers a belly ache,while Lucky, who can't resist the aroma of chocolate chips and walnuts, polishes of the remaining cookies.