We learn the story is about Jonas a boy, waiting for a ceremony of twelve with his friends. His dad was a nurturer, his mom worked with law in the community and his little sister lily is 8.
Jonas was to be trained as the new Retriever. He revives memories that changes the way he thinks about his community. When Jonas finds out what actually happens when people get released he was terrified. He also experiences pain, and sees color for the first time.
After he realizes what releasing is he then finds out his father must take part in it too, he was sad because he felt as though we shouldn't release new born but he had no say. Jonas was so shocked and he even watched a recording of a private ceremony.
Jonas flees the community with Gabriel, he searches planes. He takes on more of the feeling hunger and pain. He wants his community to see color, and have the life he is now dreaming of.
Snow had fallen and they got off the bike, down a hill and saw a room full of love and laughter, and a life him and Gabriel could be in together. The music in the room calmed Jonas down and went to the life hes never had.