Malka, a lion cub, appears at Pride Rock after getting lost. He meets Simba and Nala first, and disgusts Simba when he compliments Nala, saying that she's good at fighting and has a beautiful name. Suddenly, Malka sees two hyenas stealing food, and manages to alert the lionesses to the problem. Mufasa compliments Malka's bravery, but Simba is irritated at what he perceives as Malka showing off. Mufasa and Sarabi agree that Malka can stay with the pride until Malka's pride is found, even if it means that Malka stays forever. This frustrates Simba, who does not like sharing attention.
Simba, wanting to get rid of Malka, takes the cub out into a small rocky crevice and leaves him there, telling him that it is the best place to play hide-and-seek. As Simba leaves, he hears Malka crying and rushes back to him, only to find that Malka is just scared of being alone and isn't really as brave and clever as the other lions think he is. He tells Simba that he is always afraid of being lost. Simba realizes that Malka isn't so bad. The two cubs start walking back to Pride Rock, but are confronted by the hyenas that were stealing food earlier. The hyenas take chase, but Simba and Malka dive under a tree root and evade them.
When they arrive back at Pride Rock, Zazu leads in Malka's mother, who takes Malka home. Simba says that Malka can come back and visit any time, with Malka remarking that Zazu should come and pick him up next time.