The book opens with a man named Gene who has gone back to visit his old school. The school looks the same which starts to bring back old memories and mixed emotion. Finny, Gene’s friend is introduced to the reader. Finny is a boy who seems to get away with everything due to his sense of humor. It becomes noticeable Gene seems to be jealous of Finny for his capability to take risks “He can do whatever he wants.”Gene has memories about a tree that him and Finny use to jump off of into the river.