On the day where you get to draw to find out what job you get to have for the next 3 years Lina gets pipe worker, but she wants to get messenger. Doon gets messenger but he wants pipe worker so they trade. When they trade both of the characters moods change from sad about the next few years to happy that they will be spending the next few years in a job they will actually like. This happens when every kid turns 12 so both characters chance because they don't have to go to school anymore they get to work.
Do you want to trade jobs with me?
Both of the main characters, "Lina and Doon", start doing their jobs and they realize that there is something wrong with the city of ember. They start to change because they start to get curious about the city of Ember. Doon finds a secret room in the pipe works and he finds a note from the builders of the city. They say that they need to save the city because they will run out of the supplies and the lights will eventually black out forever and run out of food.
Yeah, before its too late.
We need to find a way to save the city!!!
Both kids get very scared. Lina gets captured by the neighbors guards and gets taken to prison. Doon is very scared that he may not get Lina out of jail in time to save the city. There comes a HUGE blackout and Lina manages to escape. They find the escape route planned by the builders of Ember and they manage to get one of the escape boats into the waterway and decide that they should try to escape.
Ok, now we need to get the boat into the river.
I made it out of jail!!!
Ok, lets go.
The kids start to emerge from the river, very wet but they are happy that they finally made it out of ember alive! They finally see their first sunset and they decide to rest for a while before they go and explore this new place. Lina and Doon feel like they have accomplished very much by being the first person since ember was built to escape from the underground city.
Woah we made it out of Ember!
I think we need some rest, lets find a place to rest.
Look! There's a sunset, I've never seen something so pretty before!
Doon, Lina, and Poppy (Lina's little sister that they brought with them) start to explore this new home for them. They find a crack in the earth and through that crack they can see the city of Ember! They now are in shock because they found out that the city was built underground! They write a note and tie it to a rock with Doon's shirt and send it down to the city. Then the story ends with a cliffhanger to make you want to read the next book in the series. "Mrs. Murdo, walking even more briskly than usual to keep her spirits up, was crossing Harken square when something fell to the pavement in front of her in a terrific thump." Both of the main characters feel happy and overjoyed that they sent the note to Ember and the rest of the city might find them and celebrate them for their great accomplishment.