The story takes place in the late 1960s, one week before Christmas. Samanthas father being laid off from his job, finds Samantha face to face with Timmy O, a confused teen aged chimney sweep who is doubling as a Christmas Spirit for the holidays, trying to bring cheer to troubled households. They become friends. Timmy O cant understand how Samantha can see him, when no one else can. His goal is to do a good job being a Christmas Spirit, so someone will love him, then he can quit his filthy job, and work for Santa Claus in his toy factory.
Samantha acting strange, and talking about Timmy O makes her mother crazy, and her father confused to the point of them investigating the situation.
Samantha wants a dollhouse for Christmas, and plays on Timmy Os heartstrings, trying to talk him into getting her fathers job back.
On Christmas day, Timmy O accomplishes his goal, and gives everyone a big surprise after the true Christmas Spirit pays a visit