Stalky and his two friends, Beetle and McTurk, attend an English bording school during the mid 19th century. They don't take their studies very seriously and spend most of their time waging war on their professors. Each chapter is a different episode in their school experience, describing how they treat new teachers, deal with the old ones, and still have time to laze around. Some of the stories include their revenge on another school house that insulted their hygiene, how they tricked some teachers who had planned on catching them breaking the rules, and in the last chapter it tells how as adults they turned out all right even though their teachers thought they were delinquents. The story is semi-autobiographical of Kipling's own school experience.
This report prepared by Phoenix Rye