The last thing Jess Aarons wants is to talk to the new girl, Leslie Burke. But Leslie is his neighbor, and she wants to be friends. Soon they are spending every day together after school, in the woods behind their homes, creating an imaginary kingdom called Terabithia. With Leslie's imagination, and Jess's art skills, it's not hard. But one day, a terrible tragedy occurs, and Jess must put to use all the strength and courage that Leslie, and Terabithia, have given him.