All the grown-ups in Ivanís village wear a hat that shows what they love most. Because Ivanís father is the hatmaker, Ivan gets to watch his father create a hat that is perfect for each person. Ivan wonders what kind of hat he will have. Will he be a musician? A baker? A palace guard?
Ivan doesnít need to worry about his future because his father, the hatmaker who loves him most, shows him that there is only one hatóand one lifeócreated just for him.