Jonas is an eleven year-old boy who is about to turn twelve. He is both excited and nervous for his assignment he will receive and concults his parents about it.
Then Jonas's dad brought home a baby from his work because he isn't sleeping soundly and his behavior is not the best. His dad looked at the name paper and it turns out the male baby's name is Gabriel.
The night after he volunteered to care take for the old, he had a odd dream. His dream was that he was telling his friend and crush Fiona to get into the tub so he can wash her. In the morning, he told his parents and they had a discussion without Lily in the room. Jonas's parents told him that those are "stirrings" and he needs to take pills to get rid of them.
During the ceremony, he was really uneasy yet excited as his number drew near. Finally they called number eight and then number 10. Jonas and the crowd were confused an a little bit alarm that they skipped him. At the end of the ceremony the Chief elder announced that he was chosen to be the receiver of memory. Jonas knew that was an assignment of great honor.
On his first day, the giver chose to give him a happy memory first. The giver commanded him to take of his tunic and shoes and lay down on the bed. The giver placed his hand on his bare back and gave him the memory of a sled ride on a snowy hill and after gave him sunshine.
As Fiona was walking into her house, Jonas noticed something weird with her hair. He decided inform the giver and he told him that he was beginning to see the color red. That leads the the giver to believe that he will get his wisdom faster than he did. He then tranfers a memory of a rainbow to help him see colors more.