Off the Salinas River, In California, two migrant workers, George and Lennie, Travel to a ranch for work after leaving a previous job bc Lennie Mistakenly grabbed a woman by her dress.
Lennie and George are friends, Although Lennie is Developmentally Disabled, and bc of his childlike personality, the two friends often find themselves in trouble
The boss's son, Curley, immediately takes a dislike to Lennie and picks on him. Curley's wife createsby constantly seeking the men's attention. The boys make friends w the ranch hands, specially Candy
Lennie was given a puppy by Slim and is in the barn tending to it. Curley's wife enters and they begin to talk. W/out realizing it, Lennie grabs her hair,bc it's soft. When she gets nervous and tells him to stop, he panics and breaks her neck
Lennie was given instructions by George that if anything had happened he should hide near the river. George meets him there.
George shoots Lennie before Curley can find him. The men cover it up.