The story begins by introducing readers to the Bucket family. Charlie, his parents, and his four grandparents all live in the same house, and they are extremely poor. There isn't a lot of hope in the Bucket family, but there is a lot of love, and it is directed at Charlie as much as possible. Charlie's one bit of happiness comes from seeing the Wonka factory and being given the occasional chocolate bar. One day, Charlie's dad comes home with news that Mr. Wonka will be opening up his factory for the five children that can find the "Golden Tickets" that are hidden in the Wonka chocolate bars. Against all odds, Charlie secures a ticket. Charlie is allowed to take one guest, and he takes Grandpa Joe. The factory is amazing and beyond their wildest imagination, and slowly but surely, the other four children are removed from the tour due to their misbehavior. As Charlie is the only remaining child, Mr. Wonka tells him that he won. Charlie's prize is taking full ownership and control of the entire Wonka business. Then, Charlie is taken to the great glass elevator along with Mr. Wonka, and they go shooting up through the roof of the factory to go and get the rest of Charlie's family. The second book in the series, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, begins at this point.