I would give "how to brew" a read. search for it in google, its a free online book and contains great info. I would suggest getting an extract kit from you local homebrew shop or a close online vendor. Make sure the kit is malt extract not just sugar and water. The sugar/water kits seem to produce poor results for people.
Also as for the kit instruction many of them are not very good directions, use the info you learn from reading Palmers book and ask questions here if you are unsure of somthing.