At school, Equality 7-2521 begins to realize that he is different than the rest of the kids. He is much more intelligent, and his teachers know it too. He tries to hide it, but he can't
When given his assignment as street sweeper, he feels happy because he can pay for his sin. He committed the sin of preference.
One day, Equality finds a hole that leads to a tunnel from the Unmentionable Times. Every night, he sneaks out to the tunnel and conducts experiments for three hours during Social Recreation time, returning before it's over
One day, Equality sees Liberty 5-3000 working in the fields and develops feelings for her, another transgression of preference. He discovers that she also shares the feeling. Equality and Liberty nickname each other The Golden One and
One day, while conducting experiments in the tunnel, Equality discovers electricity. He makes plans to show the World Council his invention.
After being trapped in the palace of correction for a month, Equality escapes to show his discovery to the World Council. He expects to be praised, but instead the council attempts to destroy his discovery and kill him. Equality then flees with his invention to the Uncharted Forest.