It is the night of the school pageant and Scout is a ham. Atticus and Calpurnia stayed home, so Jem took Scout to the event. On their walk there, their friend Cecil Jacobs scared them. Scout is embarrassed when she misses her call on stage and decides to stay in the ham costume for the night.
Scout and Jem are walking home in the dark after the pageant when they hear noises. They think it is Cecil trying to scare them again, but a man runs at them and tries to attack them. They can't see because it is dark, but thye both end up on the ground before someone comes and carries an injured Jem home and Scout walks home.
Jem ends up breaking his arm and is asleep for the rest of the night. The sheriff finds Bob Ewell at the spot the children were attacked dead with a knife in his back. Scout notices for the first time that Boo Radley is at the house and that he is the one who saved the children. She takes Boo outside before she walks him home. The sheriff tells Atticus that no one will be charged with Bob's death. The story ends.