A group of boys become stranded on an island and start becoming savage. Level-headed Ralph becomes the designated leader of a group of military kids who crash in the ocean and end up on a lush island. At first, the group start out as friends, working together to survive, but soon the y split into two camps, the other led by Jack, who becomes unbalanced and a little violent. Jack has a no-rules, savage operation, with his boys running hunting for pigs and plotting attacks on the rival camp. A head of a pig is put on a stake, and becomes "The Lord of the Flies." There is chaos fighting over crucial objects, such as the conch shell, somewhat a symbol of who's in power, and a pair of glasses, used to start a fire. Jack and his troublemaker boys try to steal these. Meanwhile, a quiet and reflective boy Simon, of Jack's group, sets out and finds a a cave where a "monster" lives, the monster being the plane's dead captain who survived and hid out there. Simon comes back from the ordeal shaken and dirty, at camp the boys attack him with spears, killing him. Later, Piggy, from Ralph's camp is killed when a huge rock is pushed and falls on him. Ralph fears for his life, knowing full well that Jack is now after him. Fires are started to lure him out of the jungle. A group of American military arrive, and come upon the boys, putting an end to their brutal existence.
Best part of story, including ending:
It's a bit philosophical, musing over man's nature of either turning bad or good.
Best scene in story:
I like when they were having a tribal party and were prancing around a bonfire, like they were set free from civilization.
Opinion about the main character:
Ralph seeks to maintain order in a place where rules probably don't apply anymore and he is to be admired for that.