The novel is set in a futuristic world where firemen start fires and all books are banned. A fireman, Montag meets a women named Clarisse while home one day. She asks him if he is happy. Although it is seemingly innocent question,it causes Montag to evaluate his life.
Montag sees a women who burned herself with her books. Even though it's illegal, Montag takes a book, an item he is to destroy.
Montag's chief, Captain Beatty knows that Montag has taken a book and attempts to explain why they have been censored in hopes of reasoning with him. Beatty has committed many verses of famous literature to memory despite his job enforcing the destruction of literature.
The novel climaxes when montag reads a poem to his wife and her friends who have come over to watch televison. The ladies leave disgusted ,offended, and threaten to file a complaint against him.The wife reports him.
Montag is ordered to burn the books himself. Instead he kills his chief and he other firemen in order to escape with a few books he has left. He is able to make his way down the river and finds a colony of intellectuals who love books.
Together with these people, he hopes to travel to St. Louis where he can speak to a book printer to try and reproduce books. At the last moment jets appear overhead.The novel ends with the group searching for survivors to rebuild civilization