The giver starts by introducing a young boy named Jonas who lives in a utopian like society where everything is of sameness. Jonas is 11 years old and about to become an adult. He has different eyes from everyone else.
Jonas is a 11 meaning when he turns twelve he will be assigned a job by the committee of elders.
At the ceremony of 12 everyone is getting their jobs. When it gets to Jonas's turn he gets skipped. He immediately freaks out. In the end the chief elder says he has been assigned the giver, which is a very special job.