Jonas lives with his family unit and friends in the perfect community. This is where people are assigned jobs and have to do them until they are old.
Jonas is selected as the receiver of memory and works with the Giver. The Giver gives Jonas painful and joyful memories. Jonas then learns about release and that people are killed by injecting a syringe them. Jonas feels that he must save the community by escaping and giving the memories back so they can have feelings and know that what they are doing is wrong.
Father announces that Gabriel, a little baby boy, father brought home from the nurturering center is going to be released. Jonas has became quite attached to Gabriel.
Jonas takes Gabriel and starts his journey to elsewhere. He brings water, food, etc. Jonas and Gabe see search planes looking for them.
Jonas and Gabe began to grow low on food and become very hungry. As time goes on they begin to see less and less search planes. Jonas tries to keep hope by holding on to the memories he still has.
Jonas and Gabriel spot elsewhere. After traveling for many days they find a nice,welcoming, and normal community.