It's a perfect world, where everything looks right. But ugly truths lie beneath the surface . . .
It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in the Community wants for anything. Everyone is provided for. Each Family Unit is entitled to one female and male child. Each member of the Community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders, and they never make a mistake.
Jonas, a sensitive 12-year-old boy, had never thought there was anything wrong with his Community until the day he is selected as the Receiver of Memory at the Ceremony. From that moment his life is never the same.
Jonas discovers that the Community is not as perfect as it seems. Although they appear to have everything, they are missing something of great importance. It is up to Jonas, with the help of the Giver, to find what long ago had been lost. And so Jonas embarks on an adventure to save the world as he knows it.