Equality was the smartest boy in his class. This was a sin in the Anthem society since you aren't allowed to be greater then anybody. He has always wanted to be in the home of the scholars but since he was so smart and has sinned many times he was not allowed in and was apointed to the Home of the street sweepers.
While on the job working as a street sweeper, he stumbled upon a grate that was connected to the ground. He called over International, one of his friends to help him lift open the grate. After struggling to open it, they lift it open and have a find a dark tunnel. Equality is amazed at what they find but Liberty immediately says the should report this find to the head council but Equality convinces him to keep it a secret.
Where the city ends there is a great road winding off to the north and the street sweepers are assigned to clean up there. This is where Equality meets Liberty. The only smile to each other and make very limited contact since its a sin to like someone.
Equality discovers light in his underground tunnel. He is amazed by his discovery but doesn't know what to do with it. After considering his options he makes the decision that his invention needs to be shared with everyone
As Equality walks in everyone is confused. He then places his invention (light) upon the table in front of them. They then turn from surprised to angry as Equality explains his invention.
The council gets very aggressive against Equality and rejects his invention. Saying an invention done by one is unaccepted and a sin. They are all filled with anger and say he should be banned and one even says he should be executed. So Equality runs out.