In the America of the distant future books are outlawed. Guy Montag is a fireman, a burner of books, who has always followed the rules. He likes his life, and has never really questioned it, until one day, on his way home from work, he meets a unique young woman who is walking near his house. Soon after, his wife overdoses on sleeping pills and is revived by uncaring paramedics. Finally, while at work he accidentally reads a line of a book, something he has never done in his long and distinguished career. He steals the book, placing himself among the ranks of the insane and probably dangerous.
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