What is happening above: Finny breaks the school swimming record with only Gene watching, nobody else. He tells Gene not to tell anyone because he does not feel as if he needs the publicity, he does it only to challenge himself.
Do not tell anyone about me breaking this swimming record Gene...
I do not understand, I would want others to know...
The main character, Gene, takes look back into his childhood after 15 years by going and visiting his old school, Devon. As he looks around he notices that many things have changed. The outside out the school looked like it had been well preserved and kept up with.
Gene's jealousy takes over
He then decides to take a walk to the marble staircase and tree where his life changed. As he visits these two places, he starts to have flashbacks of the things him and his friends have experienced at these very spots 15 years ago. During these flashbacks is when the story about his time at Devon begins.
Finny breaks his leg again, except it is a clean break unlike the first time.
Gene describes that he feels like Finny is trying to make Gene suffer at what he is good at and only let himself excel that things he is good at, like athletics. He begins to become super jealous.
Gene goes on to fulfill Finny's dream, believing he has become a part of Finny.
One day, Gene and Finny go and visit the tree. As they were standing on the branch to jump, Gene felt a sudden feeling of anger. Before Finny jumped, Gene jounced the limb and made Finny fall and hit the ground. Gene daid you you could hear his body hit the ground with a loud thud. Finny shattered his leg.
Later on throughout the story, Brinker, a classmate, sets up a trial to find out what really happened to Finny at the river because nobody knew except for Gene. Finny ends up getting mad and says that he does not care what happened to him. He gets out of his seat and walks madly rtoward the marble staircase. All of the sudden, you could hear him tumbling down the stairs. This time he ended up with a clean break.
Gene finds our from the doctor that Finny had died, due to the bone marrow that escaped and went to his brain. Gene doesn't cry, but feels as if it could be his own funeral. After all of this happens, Gene's class graduates, Brinker and Gene end up joining the army. Gene feels as if after Finny died that he must fulfill what Finny never could.