Jess Aarons, a ten year old, who is a shy young boy meets the new girl in town, Leslie Burke. They join together on an adventure into the woods. They come across a creek where there is a trunk of a partially fallen tree. Here they build what they see in their imaginations as a castle. They start to imagine a new land where they are the rulers; the King and Queen of their new land, Terabithia. Here in their new world nothing can harm them and all of their troubles are far away. Jess and Leslie imagine all of the creatures in the new land as their classmates that have given them trouble; this allows them to slay their issues.