The story starts by introducing Jonas and his family, as well as the communities rules. The characters are Jonas, Gabriel, lily, Jonas's dad, and Jonas's mom.
As the story continues we learn about Jonas's friends, Asher and Fiona.
Soon it is time for the ceremony of 12 and Jonasnumber gets skipped, causing everyone to be confused.The elder then explains that Jonas has not been assigned, he has been selected to be the receiver of memory. He then meets the giver and starts his training.
Throughout the time the giver sometimes gave Jonasbad memories of loneliness and pain.For example, the memory of war.( which gave him wisdom )
Other days the giver gave Jonas good memories of happiness and beautiful things like color and love.For example the memory of Christmas or a birthday party.( which also gave him wisdom )
At night Jonas would transmit memories to Gabriel to calm him down so he could sleep soundly.