The Scarlet Ibis is the story of a young boy whose brother, nicknamed Doodle, is born weak and sickly. The elder of the two, hardy and tough, attempts to mold Doodle into someone capable of surviving in the harsh world of the schoolyard. The eponymous Ibis arrives in their yard one day, beautiful but spent after a storm, and dies of exhaustion. Doodle soon dies as well after the narrator pushes him too hard during a rowing expedition. His death mirror's the ibis's.