Montag is a fireman. He doesn't put out fires; he starts them. In fact, the best kindling is books. Why? Because books make people think, make people question, and make people deny the status quo. In a society where happiness reigns supreme (at all costs), individual thought doesn't fit in. Then, he meets Clarisse. A young girl who makes him think, who makes him question, and plants a seed about the status quo.
It all begins with a quiet walk one evening after work, and ends with Guy running for his life with an armful of books, hoping to God that "they" don't find him.
This book refers to things that are occurring within our society today (i.e. reality TV). Even though this novel drags in a few places, its overall power is worth every word.