In the beginning of the book Tom’s Aunt Polly is yelling for him to come in and eat, but Tom is nowhere to be seen, for he is just on his way home from the swimming hole where he played hooky from school. Tom sneaks into the kitchen while his Aunts back s turned and has a seat at the table. Aunt Polly had her suspicion that Tom had not gone to school and went swimming instead but he was very quick to come up with an excuse why his hair was still wet. Aunt Polly was very gracious that Tom had told the truth for once until Sid ratted him out and made Aunt Polly notice that his button was threaded with a different color. Toms dishonesty sent him to bed without dinner and was told that he was told white wash the fence for not going to school and lying.
On Saturday Aunt Polly made Tom white wash the whole fence before he could go play. Tom, being the sly fox that he is, cons the neighborhood kids to want to paint the fence for him and they pay him with various childlike trades. Within hours the fence is painted with three coats of white wash ad Aunt Polly is astonished by the hard work and effort Tom had put into the fence and so Tom was rewarded with being able to go swimming with everyone else. On his way to the swimming hole Tom sees that a new family is moving in and his curiosity draws him in for a closer look. To Toms eyes was the most beautiful girl he had ever laid eyes on, her name was Becky Thatcher. After seeing her he immediately toughens up and boyishly tries to impress her. It was love at first site for Tom, Becky had become the apple of his eye.
On the way home from school Tom Sawyer runs into Huck Finn, which was the other neighborhood nuisance. Tom inquires why Huck is carrying a cat, and his response was, that the cure for warts is to swing the dead cat over a freshly buried body that was evil and say "Devil follow corpse, cat follow devil, warts follow cat, I'm done with ye!" and the wart will be gone. At mid-night the boys head out to the grave yard only to find Injun Joe, Doc Robinson, and Muff Potter grave robbing. As they hide and watch the men digging up a body, a scuffle breaks out between Injun Joe and Doc Robinson and Muff Potter gets knocked unconscious and Injun Joe stabs Doc with Muffs knife. When Muff comes to, Injun Joe explains that Muff had stabbed Doc and blacked out. Huck and Tom had seen the whole thing and was terrified of Injun Joe and swore secrecy, not to tell a sole what they had seen, for Injun Joe would kill them too.
Tom and Becky grow closer and his ask her to be his fiancé, after she says yes and they discuss Tom being engaged prior to Amy Lawrence Becky immediately rejects Tom. Tom, heartbroken and upset decides he is going to run away and live the pirate life. Tom gangs up with Joe Harper and Huck Finn and together the three of them take sail on their raft down the river. The next day the boys discover that the town has assumed that Tom and the boys had drowned in the river. After...