1.The community is in perfect balance, all residents live by the decisions of the high officials. There are no painful emotions or free will, every person's purpose is assigned to them. 2.Gabriel is going to be “released” (The process in which unwanted individuals are secretly killed)
All the children in the community are being assigned jobs and Jonas selected to become the next Giver ( A holder of all the unwanted memories in the world). Jonas receives painful and joyful memories that make him question his reality.
Gabriel is a troubled infant that is assigned to live with Jonas’s family to experimentally test if he will recover. If the recovery fails Gabriel will be “released”. Jonas illegally grows to care for Gabriel and accidentally passes on memories to him.
Jonas is suffering through the painful lies and is finally pushed over when he learns the true meaning of “releasing”. Jonas,overcome with grief watches as his father murders a twin baby and displays no emotions.
After learning what “releasing” is Jonas is determined to save Gabriel. Out of impulse, Jonas takes Gabriel with him while he's escaping the community. Jonas deeply cares for Gabriel and wants him to experience true living. .
Jonas escapes the community taking Gabriel along too. Jonas and Gabriel battle through cold and hunger and along the way experience real creatures and new lands. This will be a start of a free life for them where they can feel sadness,joy,anger, pain and love. This will also be a new start for the community, they will now be forced to deal with the memories of the past.