The story takes place at a time when the world is organised and happiness is mandatory. The sole mission of the firemen and guradians of the social order is to burn books - the source of all danger. The paper only burns once it rises to the temperature that gave the book its title. However, when Montag meets Clarisse, a strange and wonderful young lady, he starts tothink weird thoughts that lead him to steal books and read them, as opposed to burning them. He thus becomes an outlaw, a man chased by a mechanical and infallible police-dog. In thisbook we witness the synthesis of totalitarian states in that controlling knowledge and informationis controlling the population. With references to Nazi Germany, in which books were a target of extermination and destruction, we are led towards a question that remains current to the day: What is the dividing line between freedom of expression and state security? At a time when the terrorist threat and the reminder of 9/11are ever present in our minds, should we choose to limit our culture in terms of 'dangerous influences'? All governments are tempted by this, some more blatanlty than others, because they remain a source of power. If they control the information that reachestheir population, they will manage to influence behaviours and opinions and control the people. Nowadays, fortunately, we havean unprecedented means to exchange information - the internet. However, we have already heard the chatter of controlling internet content. Shouldwe allow this to happen?