Jonas and his family are talking about how their day went and Jonas and Lily are soon going to be a year older and will be going to a ceremony. Jonas will be turning Twelve which is when you get your assignment and you become an adult in his community. Lily will be turning eight which is when children get to start volunteering for jobs and you get a jacket with a pocket.
Jonas is anxious about his Ceremony of Twelve and is scared that he will not get a good assignment that he will enjoy.
Jonas is selected to be the new receiver of memory and that is the most important job in the community
Jonas meets the giver and receives his first memory. Jonas's father also has brought a baby named Gabriel to stay with them until he finds a new home
Jonas finds out how babies are killed and his dad wants it to happen to Gabriel
Jonas doesn't want Gabriel to die so he runs away with Gabriel and his ending is a mystery