Anastasia “Ana” Steele is a 21-year-old college senior attending Washington State College in Vancouver, Washington with her best good friend Katharine “Kate” Kavanaugh, which writes for their student newspaper. Because of a health problem, Kate encourages Ana to take her spot and meeting 27-year-old Christian Grey, an exceptionally successful and affluent youthful entrepreneur. Ana is promptly attracted to Christian, yet likewise finds him frightening. Consequently, she stumbles with the interview and leaves Christian’s workplace thinking that it went terribly. Ana tries to console herself with the thought that both of them will possibly not satisfy each other once again. Nonetheless, she is stunned when Christian appears at Clayton’s, the biggest independent hardware establishment in the Portland area, where she works. While he purchases various things including wire connections, masking tape, and rope, Ana informs Christian that Kate would certainly like some photographs to accompany her post about him. Christian leaves Ana with his phone number. Later on that day, Kate urges Ana to call Christian and arrange a picture shoot with their professional photographer friend JosÃ© Rodriguez.
The following day JosÃ©, Kate, and Ana show up for the image shoot at the resort where Christian is remaining and Christian asks Ana out for coffee. The 2 talk over coffee and Christian asks Ana if she’s dating any person, specifically JosÃ©. When Ana responds that she isn’t dating any person, Christian begins to ask her about her family. During the discussion Ana learns that Christian is also single, however, is not “a hearts and florals sort of individual”. This intrigues Ana, particularly after he takes her out of the path of an oncoming biker. However, Ana thinks that she is not attractive good enough for Christian, much to the chagrin of Kate.
Later that evening Ana goes out drinking with her buddies and finishes up intoxicated dialing Christian, which educates her that he will be coming to select her up given that of her inebriated state. Ana goes outside to acquire some fresh air, and JosÃ© tries to kiss her but is stopped by Christian’s landing. Ana leaves with Christian, but not prior to she uncovers that Kate has actually been teasing with Christian’s sibling, Elliott.
Ana takes place a day with Christian where he takes her in his chopper to his apartment. As soon as there, Christian insists that she authorize a non-disclosure arrangement forbidding her to discuss anything that they do together, which Ana concurs to authorize. He likewise mentions various other documents, however initially takes her to his playroom packed with BDSM playthings and gear. There Christian educates her that the second contract will certainly be just one of supremacy and submission which there will be no enchanting connection, only a sex-related one. The agreement even restricts Ana from touching Christian or making eye call with him. At this point, Christian understands that Ana is a pure and agrees to take her virginity without making her indicator the deal. The 2 then have sex.
The following early morning Ana and Christian as soon as again have sex, and his mommy, who shows up minutes after their sex-related meet, is stunned by the meeting, having recently assumed Christian was homosexual due to the fact that she had never seen him with a lady. Christian later on takes Ana out to consume, and he exposes to her that he shed his virginity at fifteen to among his mommy’s friends which his previous dominant/submissive relationships failed due to conflict. They prepare to meet up once again and Christian takes Ana residence, where she discovers a number of job offers and confesses to Kate that she and Christian have actually had sex.
She and Christian e-mail each various other, with Ana teasing him and declining to honor components of the agreement, such as simply consuming foods from a particular list. Ana later satisfies up with Christian to talk about the contract, only to increase overwhelmed by the potential BDSM arrangement and the capacity of having a sexual connection with Christian that is not romantic in attributes. Since of these feelings Ana runs away from Christian and does not view him once again till her college graduation, where he is a guest speaker.
Ana and Christian once more fulfill up to additional go over the contract, and they examine Ana’s challenging and soft limits. Ana is spanked for the first time by Christian; the experience leaves her both enticed and somewhat overwhelmeded. This confusion is aggravated by Christian’s lavish presents, and the fact that he introduces her to fulfill his family members. The two proceed with the setup without Ana having yet signed the contract. After successfully landing a work with Seattle Independent Posting, Ana additionally bristles under the constraints of the non-disclosure agreement and the complicated relationship with Christian.
The stress in between Ana and Christian ultimately caps after Ana asks Christian to punish her in order to show her exactly how severe a BDSM partnership with him can be. Christian meets Ana’s request, beating her with a belt, simply for Ana to realize that the 2 of them are incompatible. Devastated, Ana leaves Christian and go back to the house she shares with Kate.
The following day JosÃ©, Kate, and Ana show up for the image shoot at the hotel where Christian is remaining and Christian asks Ana out for coffee. Ana leaves with Christian, but not just before she uncovers that Kate has been flirting with Christian’s sibling, Elliott. They intend to meet up once more and Christian takes Ana home, where she finds several task offers and admits to Kate that she and Christian have actually had sex.
Ana later on fulfills up with Christian to go over the contract, simply to expand overwhelmed by the potential BDSM setup and the potential of having a sexual connection with Christian that is not enchanting in nature. The strain in between Ana and Christian eventually comes to a head after Ana asks Christian to penalize her in order to show her exactly how extreme a BDSM connection with him can be.