In 2041, everybody in the U.S. is equal through various handicaps. These handicaps prevent the stronger or smarter than average people from being just that.
Harrison Burgeon, the son of Hazel and George Burgeon, went to prison on suspicion of trying to take over the government. George has a transmitter in his ear that sends out loud sounds every 20 seconds. Hazel has short bursts of thought.
The couple watch a ballet. The ballerinas have handicaps weighing them down and covering their faces. During the performance it breaks news that Harrison has escaped. He broke through all his restraints and is only 14 at 7 feet tall.
Harrison Burgeon Has Escaped!
Harrison bursts in rips of his handicaps, screams I am the emperor, and asks for an empress. A ballerina comes up, and he rips her handicaps off. He commands the orchestra to play and they dance.
The Handicapper comes in with a shotgun, shoots, and kills them. The television then goes out at George and Hazels house.
George was gone to get a beer during this and came back to Hazel crying. She didn't know why, and George couldn't help her because his transmitter just went off.