Living a bleak existence at a London orphanage, 12-year-old Peter finds himself whisked away to the fantastical world of Neverland. Adventure awaits as he meets new friend James Hook and the warrior Tiger Lily. They must band together to save Neverland from the ruthless pirate Blackbeard. Along the way, the rebellious and mischievous boy discovers his true destiny, becoming the hero forever known as Peter Pan.
Peter starts off as a 12 year old, seemingly abandoned orphan in a boys’ orphanage (with nuns), ala Oliver Twist, with a very prominent and distinguishing streak of mischief and, sometimes, pride. He loves to make trouble for the head nun, believing her to be too controlling, cruel, and the do-er of much trouble (rightly so, for while under the pretence of ‘evacuating the orphans’, she in fact sold them to Blackbeard the Pirate, from Neverland), such as hoarding the orphans’ rations (of which she was also guilty).
During a evacuation to the safe house, Peter and one of his friends (Nibbs) snuck into the head nun’s office (where they believed she was hiding the food), and accidentally (while trying to disfigure the statue of the Virgin Mary) sprung a trapdoor. The two boys explored and found, to their surprise, the records for all the orphans (of which there, with the ones already kidnapped to Neverland, seemed to be 34 or a little over). Reading Peter’s record, they found a letter from his mother and had just finished reading it when they were surprised by the sound of gunshots. They ran back and found the head nun in her office.
The head nun mocked Peter, telling him that every orphan thinks they’re special, and that he wasn’t, ‘not even in his own way’ and ripping up the letter. She also told him and Nibbs to do extra work, which was never shown.
After the punishment, Peter and his friend hatched a plot to find out why the orphans kept disappearing at night (They suspected, from all the money seen in her office trapdoor, that she’d been selling orphans). After waiting until nearly midnight (which the movie skipped), they decided to go to bed, and was promptly kidnapped themselves. Peter’s friend (who wasn’t afraid of heights, unlike Peter) jumped from the flying ship onto the orphanage roof, but Peter wasn’t quick enough, and was whisked away to Neverland all while a Luftwaffe raid was going on.