Mildred is Montag's wife and is a very dull character. She fills her free time with watching programs on the T.V. Meanwhile, Montag is a firefighter he burns books because they are illegal.
Montag meets a strange seventeen-year-old girl named Clarisse on his way home from the fire station. She really questions everything he knows and gets him really thinking. Then as they go home she asks him if he really is happy which makes him question things.
Montag and the other firemen are on duty when a call comes in. They go to the house to find a cellar full of books, Montag takes one of them. The woman that owns the books refuses to leave, then takes out a match and lights the house on fire with, along with herself.
MIldred invites over two friends to the house and Montag ends up reading part of a book. Then starts talking about stuff that makes them uncomfortable so they go home.
Mildred and her friends call the firestation to say that there are books at Montag's house. He starts to burn it then turns on his firefighter companions and burns his boss. He knocks out the other two. Then the mechanical hound comes to try and kill Montag but he burns it.
Montag gets away from the city as the war starts. He meets people who help him in the woods. They see the city get blown up, then they start heading back to the city to help .