Daniel barely remembers living a normal life before the Nazis came to power in 1933. He can still picture once being happy and safe, but his life changed when the Nazis took over Germany. No longer able to practice their religion, vote, own property, or work, Daniel's family is forced from their home in Frankfurt.
First, they are deported toŁódź, Poland, where he meets a girl he comes to love. The place is liquidated and the Jews are transported to Auschwitz. Daniel survives the death camp and is transferred to Buchenwald. He endures to witness the camp's liberation in 1945.
Though many around him lose hope in the face of terror, Daniel is supported by his courageous family. He loses them all except for his father and his cousin Friedrich, and together they struggle for survival. Yet he manages to retain his life, hope and dignity through the horrors of Hitler's terrors. He does not die.