The book opens up with a boy in a school uniform on a desert, named Ralph. We soon realize that he is not the only boy stranded in this desert. Their plane crashed and they are the survivors. Ralph and another boy that goes by the name Piggy, fight over leadership. Piggy believes that the group will be stranded for a while so they need to get supplies but Ralph believes that the group needs to find all survivors that are in the desert. The group votes for Ralph and he establishes a form of government that lets the boys do what they want and to enjoy the time without adults.