It was a pleasure to burn.  it was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.


Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. 


Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? 


The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.


Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)