The time is not too long from now. The place is New York City. Yet is it a setting few of us would ever recognize. For this is a world where simply owning a book is dangerously illegal. Where Firemen come not to save houses, but to burn them for the books inside. And where you, once a dedicated Fireman, are now a rebel with a passion for books – and the most wanted fugitive in the country.
There are still a few people who can help you – your fellow members of the Underground. They can tell you how to fool the deadly Mechanical Hounds, how to steal a Fireman’s uniform, how to avoid the military ID checkpoints. Yet escape is not your main concern. You are possessed, driven onward by your own unflinching ideals. You feel a desperate need to fight, to push back ignorance, to vindicate every page a Fireman has ever burned.