George and Lennie are two men, who share a dream; that one day they may buy a home of their own. There Lennie will be able to take care of the rabbits. Although Lennie has the body of a man, he has the mind of a child.
The two men arrive on a ranch near the town of Soledad, where they are about to start work as barley buckers. On arriving there, they meet Candy, an old one-handed man who mops the floor, and Curley. Curley is the Boss' son, and immediately hates Lennie because of his size. George realizes that Curley will undoubtedly cause trouble for them. After the two men are hired by the Boss, they meet Slim, a jerk line skinner. He has a lot of authority over these men. There they also meet Carlson
Later that night, after dinner, Slim gives Lennie one of his pups.
Lennie is delighted by the gift, for he loves to pet things like rabbits, puppies and even mice, although he sometimes accidentally kills the creatures, not knowing his own strength. George warns Slim, telling him how Lennie has caused many problems before, like in Weed. A girl thought Lennie was trying to rape her, and they had to flee.
Later that night, Candy overhears George and Lennie talking about their dream, and he asks if he could join them. He has quite a bit of money saved up, and they realize that if they combine their money in one month's time, they will have enough to buy the house. All three of them are excited knowing how close they are to fulfilling their dream.
Later that night, Curley attacks Lennie. Lennie does nothing to protect himself until George tells him to fight back. Then Lennie broke Curley's hand. George...