A group of boys were being taken to a safer place during the wake a World War. During their flight, their plane was shot down and they all landed on an island.
An assembly was called with the conch by the boys found in the water and the boys gather. The boys talk about their situation and elect Ralph of their leader and Jack the leader of the hunters.
Ralph, Jack and Simon decide they want to explore the island. They found a clearing at the top of a mountain and decided they should start a signal fire just in case a ship passes by. They used Piggy's glasses to start the fire.
The boys end up getting distracted and set part of the island on fire accidentally. In the wake of this fire, a littlun died in the flames.
Ralph saw a ship off in the distance. Ralph hoped they could see the signal fire so they could see them. He felt a hint of hope.
The ship did not see them. Piggy and Ralph went up to the mountain and discovered the fire was no longer lit. This angered the two because all Jack cared about was getting meat when they were supposed to be manning the signal fire.