At an unknown time in the next world war, a plane crashes into an uncharted island, stranding the herd of young school boy it once carried. Our main character, Ralph, begins exploring a strip of beach when he’s soon followed by another young boy named Piggy. Together, they find a great pink conch shell and upon Ralph blowing into it at Piggy’s suggestion, begins to gather the boys to their location.Once gathered, the boys appoint Ralph as their leader through a vote; Ralph in turn makes Jack, another young boy, in charge of hunting and gathering food.After holding a brief council, Ralph and Jack, along with another boy, Simon, go to climb the mountain and confirms that they are indeed surrounded by water. Once their expedition had ended and they returned to their group on the beach, Ralph holds another meeting and sets some rules, to which Jack agrees with jubilantly. Ralph then suggests that they create a fire to alert any passing planes or ships of their existence on the island; the boys, rallied by Jack, set off to go create said fire. After gathering an amalgamation of burnable wood, Piggy proved crucial to the fire making process as Jack used his glasses to light the fire. However, soon after the fire is started, realization dawns on all the boys that the fire had spread out of control and burned a large portion of dead brush- the young boy who had preached of snakes earlier at the council had gone missing, presumably burned to death. Some time after the fire had been out, Jack tries his and the choir’s hand at hunting while Ralph tries to organize and build shelters; neither of which are successful as the choir boys spend their days swimming and the youngest of the group refused to help. This resulted in nothing from the hunt and a shaky two shelters. Simon, one of the only boys who consistently helps, wanders off, soon finding a small, serene patch of beautifully fragrant flowers. As time goes on, the boys settle into the daily rhythm; with the boys aged around six called “littluns” spending their days playing eating fruit and the older boys, “biguns”, off doing their own thing. Jack still hunted and Piggy considered making a sundial. Not soon after this sort of daily pattern had set in had a ship drifted past their island. This had sent the boys into a frenzy to signal said ship, but much to their dismay the fire had died without the watchful eye of the hunters. Just then, the hunters had made their first kill, wanting to flaunt it to Ralph; but Ralph was furious. This sudden realization drove Jack into a corner who then lashed out at Piggy, smacking his specks off his face and shattering a lense. Ralph intervened before anything else could happen and encouraged the rest of the boys to relight the fire, the once bond between Ralph and Jack broken. Later that night, they ate roasted meat, the hunters retelling their tails with a great, unnerving vigor. Soon after Ralph calls a meeting at the base of the mountain where he criticizes the boy’s survival tactics – how their shelters are poor, how there’s no water, how the fire had gone out. Ralph also addresses the usurping fear growing in each boy, but at this Jack yells at the littluns for their so-called unfounded fear talk and their inability to hunt or build. One of the littluns, Phil, says that he awoke in the night to see something moving about the jungle, however Simon diffuses this topic saying that it was probably him moving around in the brush. Again, Piggy and Jack end up fighting again, with Ralph again interfering. This ends in Jack rhetorically asking “who cares about the rules?”, with Ralph in turn saying that “the rules are all (they have)”. This spat ends in bitter misery, with Jack riling up the other children into an expedition to hunt for the beast, leaving only Ralph, Simon and Piggy behind. Later that night an aerial fight had happened over head, the boys sleeping through the gunfire. During the fight, a parachuter had jumped from his plane to land on the mountain, possibly dying on impact. The shadow of the parachute sprawled against the trees, spotted by twins Eric and Sam, had sent the boys into a frenzy- yelling for spears and meetings and what to do next. Ralph calls a meeting and begins to explain what to do when Jack suddenly accuses the conch of being useless, insisting on hunting the beast – Ralph counters by asking if he even wants to be saved to which Ralph swings at him. After the fight, Ralph reluctantly gives in and ends up joining the hunt. During the hunt, the boys encounter a pig who attacks and injures Jack, the boy himself stabbing the beast and running. Once the pig has gotten away, Ralph realizes that Piggy will be left with the littluns for the whole night and Simon begins to run back to camp to tell Piggy that the other boys won’t be back for the night. Ralph and Jack get into another spat, but run when they believe they counter the beast. The next morning, Jack calls a meeting to address this growing beast problem and in that same meeting he accuses Ralph of being a coward, stating that Ralph be removed from chief position. The boys refuse to vote Ralph out of power, leading to Jack furiously running away down the beach. After Jack’s defection, Ralph encourages the boys left from the last meeting to build a new signal fire on the beach, and while they do build the fire as asked most of them have slipped away to join Jack before the task is finished. Jack, now joined by a majority of the boys, has declared himself chief of the hunters, even slaughtering a sow to solidify the occasion; the decapitated head of the hog hung on a stick as an offering to the beast. Later on, Simon comes across the fly-covered, maggot infested head- dubbing the impaled thing the Lord of the Flies. A voice, that of which he believes belongs to the Lord of the Flies, begins to speak to him; telling him how the other boys think he’s gone insane and how much of a fool he is. The head then claims to be the beast, mocking Simon for thinking that the beast was something that could be hunted and killed. Simon soon falls unconscious. When Simon regains consciousness, he wanders to the mountain where he discovers the corpse of the parachutist and what the boys had believed to be the beast. Realizing what the “beast” actually was, he rushes down the mountain side and through the forest to tell the other boys his revelation. When Simon finds the other boys, however, Piggy and Ralph had joined Jack’s feast, the other boys caught in a chaotic trance as they re-enacted the death of a sow. A storm breaks over head as Simon emerges from the bushes, but the boys, under the impression that he is the beast who had come to kill them, turn on Simon and beat him to death. Once having returned to their side of the island to discuss the death of, and their participation in the death of, Simon; both weakly trying to justify their actions through fear and instinct. Not too long after this, Jack’s tribe, now known as savages, have begun to raid Ralph’s camp, attacking the boys and stealing Piggy’s glasses in the process. Angered, Ralph’s group goes to Jack’s stronghold to talk civilly. There they find Jack ruling over his tribe through fear and pain, another boy, Wilfred, having been tied up and instilling fear in the others with warnings of the beast and intruders. After refusing to listen to Ralph, Jack orders for Sam and Eric to be tied up as prisoners and engages Ralph in a fist fight. Suddenly, Piggy speaks up with the conch, calling for order but Roger, one of Jack’s loyal followers with a sadistic streak, launches a large boulder off a cliff, killing Piggy and shattering the conch. Jack, thrilled at the shattering of the conch, throws his spear at Ralph, declaring himself the chief. Ralph barely escapes death and runs into the forest, the others hunting him with a vigor. He hides for the night, only running out of his hiding place when, on Jack’s order, the other boys light up the forest in flames with the intention of smoking out Ralph. After more hiding, running and fighting, Ralph was forced out onto the beach. Collapsing in exhaustion, he looks up to see a British naval officer standing over, his ship having been flagged by the giant fire raging on the island. The other boys reached the sand and seeing the getup the officer asks for an explanation. Ralph breaks down, causing the other boys to break down. Embarassed, the officer turns his back to allow the boys to regain composure.