Jonas lives in a place where things are not optional such as your job, your wife, and your family. He has a sister and a brother named Gabriel. Gabriel was a replacement of his other brother who died. Jonas was turning 12 and was going to get his job.
Gabriel kept waiting for the ceremony to arrive to get his job. He hoped to have a good job. The day had finally arrived, and he got the job as receiver of memories. He had certain rules for hat job. He took classes with the giver and got the memories from the past. Gabriel would always cry, and Jonas would calm him down, but would pass the memories to him which wasn't allowed.
Jonas found out that his dad would kill people which made Jonas mad. He didn't want to talk to his dad. Fiona didn't care. Jonas found out that his dad was going to release Gabriel.
Jonas did not want him to do it so he ran away with Gabriel on his dads bike. He wanted to go somewhere else out of that place they lived.
They traveled so far, but Jonas would cry while he would try to sleep because they were starving, and was afraid that Gabriel will starve to death. Gabriel cried and cried because he was starting to feel weak and starve.
They kept going and didn't stop, and they finally made it to a town. They felt relieved. They were waiting for them to arrive.