This novel starts in a futuristic world where the fireman starts a fire and all the books were banned. A boy named Montag meets a woman named Clarrise while walking home one day. She asks him if he was happy. It seemed like a small and simple question but it left Montag questioning about his life, job, and wife
Montag sees a woman who burned herself with her books. Even though it is legal, Montag takes a book, an item he is sworn to destroy.
Montag chief, Captain Beatty, knows that Montag has taken a book and attempts to explain why they have been censored, in hopes of reseasoning with him. Beatty has committed many verses of famous literature to memory despite his job enforcing the description of literature.
The novel climaxes when Montag reads a poem to his wife and her friends, who have come over to watch television. The ladies leave disgusted, offended, and threaten to file a complaint against him. It is his wife who reports him to the authorities.
Montag is ordered to burn himself with the books. Instead, he kills his chef and the other fireman in order to escape with the books he has left. He is able to make his way down the river and finds a colony of intellectuals who love books.
Together with these people, he have hopes to travel to St. Loius where he can speak to a book printer to try and reproduce books. At the last moment, jets appear overhead and decimate the colony. The novel ends with the group searching for survivors to rebuild civilization.