“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” is about the unusual life of a young boy living in a Mississippi River town during a summer in the 1840s. Tom lives with his Aunt Polly, his dead mother’s sister, along with his half-brother, Sid, and his cousin, Mary. By the second chapter, Tom’s naughty character is revealed with the well-known fence whitewashing scene. Tom meets the new girl in town, Becky Thatcher, and falls in love with her. He begins a keen flirtation with her at school, which leads to his asking her to be “engaged” with him by lunchtime of her first day.