Jonas starts noticing color when he's playing catch with an apple with his friend Asher.
At the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is giving the position of Receiver. He meets, his instructor, The Giver, who passes memories to Jonas, both the good and the bad. Jonas slowly starts learning the truth about the community, and also learns what release really means. He also learns that the newchild Gabe whom he and his family have been taking care of will be release.
With the help of The Giver, Jonas escapes from The Community and takes Gabriel with him. They are freezing to death but finally arrive to Elsewhere, this place being a physical place or a mental state meaning they died (it's never truly stated).