The title character is Meursault, an indifferent French Algerian ("a citizen of France domiciled in North Africa, a man of the Mediterranean, an homme du midi yet one who hardly partakes of the traditional Mediterranean culture"). He attends his mother's funeral. A few days later he an Arab man in French Algiers, who was involved in a conflict with a friend. Meursault is tried and sentenced to . The story is divided into two parts, presenting Meursault's first-person narrative view before and after the , respectively.