The children meet Dill and discover the Radley house and learn about Boo Radley. They mess around with the house a lot and learn a few things about Boo.
Jem learns that Boo Radley is a good person, but Scout and Dill don't. Jem realizes that Boo is being held inside against his will be Mr.Radley.
The children try to find ways to talk to Boo but Mr.Radley is always in the way, and Jem is now very worried about Boo. He learns that Boo only comes out when Mr.Radley is gone during the fire.
Atticus is able to support his family during the Great Depression because he is a lawyer, and people who can't afford his services pay him with different chores and deeds.
Atticus is faced with the case of Tom Robinson who is an African-American man who is being charged with raping Mr.Ewells daughter. This makes everyone believe that he is disgracing the Finch family by supporting a black man. So everyone calls heir family "nigger-lovers".
As a result of Atticus taking on this case, the kids are targeted by many people and they are called a 'disgrace' and 'nigger-lovers'. This makes Scout and Jem ask Atticus many questions about the case but he is not able to give them their answers in a truthful way.