In the town of Maycomb, Alabama, three children--Jem, Scout, and Dill--meet during the summer and instantly become friends. The year is 1933 (Lee 6) and the children are blissfully ignorant of the issues surrounding their country. To pass time, the three children pull neighborhood shenanigans, most targeted towards Boo Radley, the neighborhood's rumored monster (Lee 9). Jem and Scout sneak out with Dill to cause mischief, careful to avoid their father, lawyer Atticus Finch (Lee 5).
Scout is the young girl that narrates the story. As the novel progresses, the reader is allowed to mature along with Scout and see how her perspective widens. Initially, Scout is revealed to be very tomboyish and especially dislikes when her brother refers to her as a "priss" (Lee 52). She is also a hotheaded and tough child, as the only way she knows how to resolve conflict is through physical fighting. For example, Scout punches her cousin in the teeth when he calls her father a "nigger-lover" (Lee 95). Eventually, Scout matures to realize that there is strength in being a lady (Lee 271) and also realizes that she can walk away from a fight (Lee 76).