To attain social harmony and collective happiness, the young fireman Montag is employed to burn all traces of culture under the watchful eye of his friend and mentor, Captain Beatty. Entire chapters of history are thus erased or rewritten to make room for the new media on which citizens depend. Deprived of knowledge, citizens stay at home interacting with their screens, guided by "Yuxie", a personal assistant bestowed with artificial intelligence, who listens in and spies on them day and night. Until the day in which Montag, influenced by Clarisse, a member of the organized resistance to save books, questions the ideology of his partner and turns against him.
Through this grim science-fiction portrait of the future, Ramin Bahrani questions the importance given to human rights and freedom of expression in a world “that increasingly resembles what Ray Bradbury imagined.”