To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960 that tells the story of Atticus Finch, a white lawyer who defends a black man accused of a crime he did not commit. The novel explores themes of racism, injustice, and morality in the American South during the 1930s.
The story takes place in Maycomb County, Alabama during the Great Depression. Scout Finch is an imaginative child whose brother Jem and their friend Dill are her only playmates until she meets Boo Radley and his eccentric family.
When Atticus becomes the town’s new attorney, he takes on the case of Tom Robinson, a black farmhand accused of raping his employer’s daughter Mayella Ewell. But when evidence surfaces that Mayella may have been lying about being raped by Tom—and that she was known for having relationships with multiple men—Atticus must defend his client against an angry lynch mob seeking vengeance for her alleged infidelity.