In the beginning ET lands on earth in the woods, but when his friends leave he is left behind. ET makes his way to Eliot's house. Eliot is a young boy who is curious to learn things. Eliot finds ET in his shed and hides him in his house. Eliot fakes sick so he can stay home and teach ET new things. ET is fasinated by all the strange things on earth.
In the middle of the movie ET and Eliot are so connected that Eliot begins doing everything that ET does. Eliot has now introduced ET to his sister Gertie and she is trying to teach ET how to speak English. Eliot finds out that ET wants to go home, so he trys to help him figure out how to phone home. They go back to the woods hoping that ET's family will come back to get him.
ET stays out in the woods waiting, but then he gets sick because he is not used to earth's climate. Eliot thinks he is dying and asks his mom to help. His mom told them to get out of the house because now the goverment knows about ET. ET's chest begins to light up, and Eliot realizes that his family has a tracking devise on him and is coming to get him.They get on their bikes and ride back to the woods where the spaceship comes to get ET. Eliot is sad to see his friend leave, but happy he is back with his family.