Poonachi is a black female goat, handed over by an unknown person to an old man. She is said to be the seventh goat in her litter which is quite rare and exceptional. The mystery man who hands it over to the old man believes she is special. The old man takes Poonachi to his home where he already has other goats.
All of the short stories in The Goat Thief revolve around the trials and tribulations of an ordinary rural life. Be it the jealousy of a village elder on seeing his younger neighbour building his house, or the joy experienced by a night watchman in getting acquainted with a female company for the first time.