The Giver beings in a society where a boy named Jonas. He is 11 years old about to be an adult.
Jonas is about to turn 12. At this age the elders decide what job you get for the rest of your life. Jonas is worried about what kind of job they are going to chose for him.
Jonas becomes the new Receiver, he receives memories that change the way he thinks about himself and his community forever
The climax of the story takes place when Jonas witnesses his father release a newborn baby, by killing the baby by injecting him.
Jonas flees the community on bicycle with the newchild Gabe, evading search planes and enduring hunger and pain to try to bring feelings and color to his community and bring himself to the world he has dreamed of knowing.
Jonas and Gabe experience starvation, cold, and fear. However, they have each other, and a bond of love. The story concludes with the two sledding down the hill that Jonas was given a memory of, together.