bruno and his family have to move for his dads new job as a nazi solider with his mom and sister and has to leave behind everything.
he moves to an new house witch he does not like. so often he would eplore outside in the woods. he finds out there is a death camp in the woods and not knowing thinks no less of the people there are in stripped pajamas.
one day he goes exploring and meets a boy in prison outfit whos name is shmael which he only thinks as pajamas because he does not under stand the concept of the war. He relates to the boy by having the same birthday and same age (9)
bruno who had befriended shmael, tried to sneak to the other side of the fence. so they could final play together without barriers .
all goes well for a while but the boys end up getting caught. the gaurds catch and put bruno in the prison.
at the end he is put in the camp. he is put with the rest of the prisoners and is also killed at the end with shmuel. the little boy and all because of a freind ship.