This story is about the conflicts Marcus and his Dad, Tata, come across when trying to escape slavery in Pompeii, but when they try, the explosion of Mount Vesuvius happens.
I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii Author: Lauren Tarshis
In this scene, Marcus and Tata escape and go to a mountain to hide and sleep. When Mount Vesuvius begins to erupt, Marcus and Tata realize they must have a plan, everybody needs to get out of Pompeii, or everyone there will die. Tata wanted to save the people of Pompeii, so he and Marcus go back to Pompeii to warn the people.
In the next scene, Tata gets hurt by a rock and Marcus drags him into a building. When Tata wakes up, they find a statue pointing at the ground towards a tunnel. Tata and Marcus go through it, and at the end of the tunnel they find their way home back to Rome.
The message of this story is You could be the next hero, because Tata and Marcus could've saved themselves, but they warned the people of Pompeii.