What Is Falling Action?The story's climax has occurred. The hero has reached his goal, whatever his goal may have been. He climbed the mountain, he won the heart of the girl of his dreams, he won the big game or he found the buried treasure. But the story isn't over yet. Now the movie you've been watching for two hours or the book you've spent your summer vacation reading comes to the part of the story known as the falling action. The falling action occurs right after the climax. It is what happens after the main problem of the story has been solved.