During his search, Quentin and his friends Ben, Radar, and Lacey discover information about Margo.Paper Towns takes place in and around a fictional subdivision, located in suburban Orlando, Florida, called "Jefferson Park".
Quentin, Radar, Ben, and Lacey skip graduation and drive to New York to search for her, with a plan to drive to Agloe before noon on May 29.
In Agloe, they discover Margo is living in an old, dilapidated barn.
Nine years after this incident, Quentin and Margo are senior pupils at Winter Park High School.
One night, a month before their high school graduation, Margo appears at Quentin's bedroom window.
The novel focuses on the narrator and protagonist Quentin "Q" Jacobsen and his neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman.