Wilbur the pig is born the runt of the litter. Fern, the farmer's daughter, falls in love with him and saves his life by convincing her father not to kill him. Wilbur makes many friends on the farm, but none as treasured as Charlotte the spider. When Wilbur finds out that he will be eventually killed, Charlotte creates beautifully crafted spider webs with wonderful adjectives describing Wilbur. These webs bring people from far and near to visit the farm which keeps Wilbur alive and well still living on the farm.