"You have not been assigned, you have been selected!"
"You cannot tell ANYBODY about your training or you will have serious consequences"
Jonas's family includes his father, mother, sister, and his brother named Gabriel that has a developmental disorder. Jonas is about to turn twelve and become a responsible teenager. He lives in a community where every person is brainwashed and strict to rules.
When Jonas turns twelve, he receives his assignment, Receiver of Memories at the "Ceremony of Twelves." It was an honor to have an assignment like this because only ONE person gets to have this assignment. Jonas was very anxious to start his training.
Jonas was very confused when he saw an old man in locked room sitting on a chair. This old man, The Giver, was his instructor. Jonas did not know how to act around him since many parts of his training was to break the rules.