In the beginning of the story the setting is London under the second world-war. Edmund, Susan, Peter and Lucy are sent away from London because of the air-raids and to be kept safely away from the war. They are sent to the house of an old professor. He lives far away from any city or road. The house of the professor is a big house, a huge house, almost a mansion. However, the children, and firstly Lucy, discovers a new land within a wardrobe in the house of the professor. It is within the wardrobe, in the land of Narnia, that most of the story takes place. Narnia is a cold land, covered in ice and snow.
Narnia has been bewitched. The land is doomed to an ever lasting winter and no Christmas! This is the work of the evil White Witch. She rules Narnia by an iron glove - harsh and viciously. Every tree, bush and animal is controlled by her. There is no happiness or joy, just fear and horror. The children are brought to Narnia to save the land from eternal winter and the White Witch. The legend of Narnia says that when two sons of Adam and to daughters of Eve arrive Narnia, they will destroy all evil and become Kings and Queens of Narnia.
The main characters in the story are Edmund, Susan, Peter and Lucy. They are all brothers and sisters. Peter is the eldest. He seems to be the one who takes control over things and take wise decisions. Susan is the second born of the four children. She is kind and good. She seems to correct the others when they are mistaken. She also stops many of the arguments between Edmund and Peter. Then we have Edmund, the next youngest. He is more like a rebel. He is angry with his big brother Peter because he always ends up finding him self in the shadow of Peter. Edmund feels like no one cares about him. He is the one that betrays his siblings. Lucy is the youngest. She is the one who first discovers the land of Narnia. She has a good temper and is very stubborn. However, she is very kind and good. She is the youngest one, maybe with the best ability to see the fictional world of Narnia.