* The Builders make decisions about the city of Ember, including that instructions for leaving the city will be kept in a locked box and given to each mayor with instructions that it be passed down to the next mayor.
* The seventh mayor becomes ill and believes the key to his cure is in the box, so takes it home and tries to break in.
* The mayor dies and the box is shoved to the back of a closet and forgotten.
* Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet are twelve.
* All children of that age draw random assignments for jobs.
* Doon is assigned as messenger and Lina assigned to the Pipeworks.
* Doon says aloud that the city is in trouble, prompting anger from the mayor.
* After the assignment ceremony, Doon asks to trade jobs with Lina, believing he can do something to help save the city.
* Lina is...
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