Marione and her family miraculously escaped the firebombing of Hamburg, Germany, and sought shelter with a contact in the countryside who grudgingly agreed to house them in a shed for more than a year. With the war drawing to a close, they went west, back to Hamburg. There they encountered Allied troops, who reinstalled the local government (made up of ex-Nazis) in order to keep order in the country. Life took on the air of what it used to be. Jews were still second-class citizens. In this stirring account of World War II through the eyes of a child, the eloquent narrative elicits compassion.