Kafur becomes a slave at the age of eight. He tells his master one lie every year. He is sold to a new master, and at a feast, tells the mistress of the house that her husband has died. This causes much grieving and weeping, and Kafur and the wife destroy everything in the house. He goes back to his master, and tells him that the mistress and children are dead. The merchants all weep, but then the wife arrives and they are each overjoyed to see that the other is alive. However, then the merchant goes home and finds his house ruined, and has Kafur gelded. He is sold again and again and causes trouble wherever he goes, but by the time he reaches the palace of the Commander of the Faithful, his spirit is broken.

Parent tale: Tale of Ghanim bin Ayyub, The Distraught, The Thrall o' Love