Jonas is being selected to be the receiver of memories, Fiona was assigned caretaker of the old, and Asher director of recreation. The elders failed last time, ten years ago with Rosemary. They can't accept another failure.
As a receiver of memory the Giver has to transmit memories to the new receiver.The first memory the Giver transmitted to Jonas was memory of snow, runners and sled.
Memories that were transmitted to Jonas brought to him emotions. Happiness from birthday parties and even the feeling of being loved.But with good feelings from the memories it brought bad feelings too.The feeling of seeing warfare,killing animals(elephants), and the emotions of a child being taken from their mother.
Jonas ask the receiver to request to see mornings released. Jonas sees his father release one of the twins. He notice that the community kill people instead of sending them to elsewhere.
Jonas decides to leva that morning because Gabe is going to get released. On their journey they use the memory of snow to help them not get caught by a plane. While they get closer to Elsewhere Gabe mistakes a bird, thinks its an airplane.
As they get closer to their destination they see many changes, animals he has seen in memories and some he can't recognize.Many days have past until Jonas and Gabe arrived to Elsewhere in winter. They see a house, lights inside, it looked so warm.