Tom is a slightly more civilized version of his friend Huck. Both are wild, mischievous boys who disdain the civilized world's sense of rules and decorum. Both have grown up in dysfunctional homes; Tom lives with his aunt, while Huck's father is the town drunk who usually leaves his son on his own. They both have a love of the river and adventure. Tom, however, is more willing to settle down, and he seems to have an eye toward his future adulthood. Huck, meanwhile, is more comfortable being on his own and finds a normal home life totally confining.