In the beginning of the story, Montag was a trusted fireman who burned books and enjoyed his job.
Even when Montag was still a devout fireman, he began to have a curiosity for books. He stole them and hid them in his room.
One day, he met a young girl named Clarisse who sparked his interest for books even further because she had such an interesting point of view on the world
One day, when Montag was burning a woman's books, the woman decided to burn with her books. This made Monatg desperate to know what was actually in books.
Montag began to secretley read his books and really enjoy them.
When the government found out what Montag was doing, Monag fled the city and found a group of illegal book-lovers. They memorized the books so that they could be saved. By this point, Montag was very passionate about books.