TKAM is a novel set in Maycomb County, Alabama, in the 1930s. The main protagonists are Scout, Jem, and their father, Atticus.
Atticus is a very well-educated lawyer. He is presented with a case defending a black man accused of rape against a white man. There is no chance he will win but he tries anyway.
They go to court and the sheriff, Mayela Ewell, and Bob Ewell testify saying that Tom raped Mayella. We find out that she had a black right eye, but Tom doesnt have a left hand to give her one with.
Tom Robinson testifies and says that Mayella tried to kiss him, which was a completely different story than Mayella and Bob. His story also lines up better than the other's. Atticus gives an inspiring speach and presents the jury with all of the evidence.
The jury takes a few hours to make a decision, while it normally takes a few minutes. Although this seems promising, hopes arent risen.
When the verdict gets out, Tom is convicted and found guilty. He is later shot in prison for trying to escape.