Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children begins in Florida where Jacob finds his grandfather dying in the woods after being mauled. As a young boy, Jacob is mesmerized by his grandfather’s stories of escaping the monsters that were chasing him in World War II and living in a home for peculiar children. As he gets older, Jacob no longer believes his grandfather’s stories, but as his grandfather lies dying, the last words he speaks to Jacob sends him on an adventure to discover his grandfather’s past.
Jacob and his father travel to a fictional island off the coast of Wales called Cairnholm Island. This is the setting for most of the book. On this remote island, Jacob explores the remains of Miss Peregrine’s dilapidated home that housed the peculiar children. The setting of the dark, spooky children’s home and the unique characters on the island add to the suspense of the story.