In 1944 Newark, devoted playground director Bucky Cantor, sidelined from the war due to his poor eyesight, watches in horror as the city's polio epidemic begins to ravage the children on his playground.
Living in a "perfect" world without social ills, a boy approaches the time when he will receive a life assignment from the Elders, but his selection leads him to a mysterious man known as the Giver, who reveals the dark secrets behind the utopian facade.
Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the World Trade Center attacks, searches the five boroughs of New York City for a lock that fits a black key his father left behind.
Depicts Curious George as he sings and claps along to the nursery rhyme "Pat-a-cake," adding extra verses about the postman, the ice cream man, and his best friend, the man in the yellow hat.
Interweaving narratives of the residents of Midland, Texas, a widower, a spinster, a treasure hunter, and a local beauty with big dreams are all connected by place and human longing against a backdrop of greed, regret, and redemption.