The cover tells much about the story contained in this book's pages. Two vulnerable young children, alone, running away into the unknown. There is much to love about this World War II story. As the Nazis gain power in Germany, half Jewish, Henrik, his Aryan mother, and his little blonde and blue eyed sister flee to Poland to live with a relative where they can be safe from the Germans. But soon, the German soldies infilitrate Poland too. They steal Greta from them, devastating Henrik's mother. Henrik makes it his mission to find and rescue his little sister from the clutches of the kidnappers. As he leaves home to begin his search, he becomes involved with members of the Resistence. And his life will never be the same as he risks life and death in his quest.
Although stories involving World War II are my least favorite genre, I must admit that I was thoroughly pleased with this novel. I think it's because it is written from the point of view of the civilians who suffered rather than the military / political point of view. And this gave it a very poignant and human flavor. Love and hate, life and death, despair and hope, are all underlying themes. Easy to read, fascinating characters, treachery, and numerous plot twists made for quite a page turner. With it's highly satisfying ending, there is much here to entertain. Highly recommended.