Jonas, just a regular boy in his community is going to school on his bicycle. He is nervous about the Ceremony of Twelve coming up in December where he will receive his job for life.
While playing catch with his friend, Asher, Jonas notices that the apple they were throwing changed somehow, in a way Jonas can't explain
"Ash? Does anything seem strange to you? About the apple?"
"Yes, it jumps out of my hand onto the ground!"
At the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is given the job of Receiver of Memory. It is the job with the most honor in their community.
Jonas realizes the truth of being released. Conflict: Man verses Society.
He killed it! My father killed it!
Jonas escapes his community to go to Elsewhere and takes a toddler named Gabe with him. Jonas is also trying not to be found, there are search planes looking for him. He is also seeing color, animals, and other wonders on his way to Elsewhere.
After a long journey, Jonas and Gabe finally make it to Elsewhere. Where Jonas finds a sled, and sees a house in the distance with glowing lights and snow. He feels welcomed.