The story opened with a plane that crashed and left a group of British schoolchildren stranded on a deserted island. The first two boys to emerge from the jungle were Ralph and Piggy. They used a conch shell they found when swimming to signal other survivors. The other children who survived also emerged and together they formed a community with the conch shell as a symbol of authority. The children proceeded to settle in the jungle and allocated different responsibilities to different groups. It emerged that the immediate responsibilities were food and shelter. Jack led a group of children as hunters while Ralph led another as shelter builders. They also made a signal fire but the responsibility to maintain it was not met and the fire was extinguished; the failure cost them an early rescue.