The Finch family lives in Maycomb, Alabama. throughout the 1930s, was a time were most of the white men and women were racist. Atticus who is a father, and is a prominent lawyer. He has two children Scout and Jem.
A black man of the name Tom Robinson was accused of rape by Mayella Ewell. This situation caused a trial. Nobody wanted to defend Mr. Robinson because he was black but Atticus was willing to defend him even though he knew they weren't going to win.
Atticus's children Scout and Jem sneaked into the court to see the trail. Both Scout and Jem became the center of attention becasue their father was defending a black man. they were also sitting on the balcony with all the black men and women.
In the court Tom Robinson was guilty even though everyone knew that Atticus proved that Mr. Robinson was innocent. This caused Atticus's children Jem and Scout to have a different opinion of Maycomb.
Bob Ewell proved that he didn't approve of Atticus after the trial because Atticus proved that Mr. Ewell was the one who abused Mayella. This caused Bob Ewell to loose what ever credibility he had left.
In the end, Ewell goes after Scout and Jem, instead of Atticus. In the process, their reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley, comes to the children's rescue. He grabs Ewell's knife and kills him.