In the novel, a group of British boys survive a plane crash and become stranded on an uninhabited island somewhere in the Pacific. The setting of the novel takes place during a World War, and their plane was supposedly hit by an enemy rocket. Throughout the novel, the boys attempt to create a civilized society which eventually fails as the boys turn into savages. The events that transpire on the island are a microcosm of what is happening in the "outside world." While the boys are turning into barbaric savages on the island who violently kill each other, Britain is involved in a World War and is essentially doing the same thing. The boys landing on an uninhabited island after surviving an attack is not only significant to the plot the novel, but allows Golding to develop an underlying theme which compares the boys' morality and attempt at civilization to the world at large. What happens on the island is a microcosm of the brutality taking place in the "civilized" world which supports Golding's suggestion that all of humanity is depraved and inherently wicked.