The first chapter is about Jonas an eleven-year old boy. It seems to be that he´s the maincharakter in this story. The book starts with flashbacks of Jonas. He doesn´t feel good but he doesn´t know the reason why he feels like this. In the air he sees an airplane and for him this is difficult because to fly is against the rules of the community. At home they have a ritual where they speak with each other to talk about their feelings and problems. When its Jonas time to tell about his feelings he tells them that he feels unpleasant because of the ceremony of twelve. So his parents speak alone with him.