jonas lives in a "perfect" society that has eliminated all pain, fear, war, and hatred. Jonas believes that this is not all that life has to offer.
Jonas finds himself as an outsider to the community as he is elected as the receiver and learns problems and good things that were faced before they were abolished.
Jonas watches a baby being killed and is immediately drawn to leaving the community. Jonas is shocked by watching the child being killed and seeing that his father killed him.
Jonas starts planning to run away with the help of the giver and includes Gaberiel.
Jonas finds out the day before he leaves that gaberiel is going to be killed in the day they leave morning and Jonas wont have enough time to get gaberiel and Jonas has to act quick. Jonas leaves unexpectedly after he finds out and doesn't tell the giver nor is he prepared.