Scout Finch and her brother Jem are growing up 1940's in Maycomb, Alabama. Their father, Atticus Finch, an uncommonly wise and open-minded man, is a lawyer and a legislator who is assigned the difficult job of defending a black man accused of raping a young white woman. Many of the townspeople resent Atticus for this, and Scout and Jem suffer many unkind remarks from others, but they learn that doing the right thing is not always the easy thing to do. The accused black man, Tom Robinson, is found guilty and later shot by the police when he allegedly tries to escape. Shortly thereafter, Scout and Finch are attacked by Bob Ewell, the father of the white woman who accused Robinson of the rape, but they are saved by Boo Radley, the next door neighbor of whom they are terrified.