Yanek and his family live in a town in cramped apartments and they are Jewish people living during the Holocaust
When Hitlers soldiers find Jewish people they take them threw the woods to these different camps where they get worked to death
They had there own cells but the prisoners were treated terribly. They rarely fed them and there clothes were torn and shredded. It was basically you were there till you died of starvation or you just went crazy.
When you are in the camp there is different jobs you are assigned and you kept that job for around two months.
One of Yanek's job was to clean out the Jewish peoples houses and everything they found went to the soldiers. One day Yanek searched his old house and he found 50 dollars in a cabinet and he took it to his uncle and he bought some bread with it so they could eat.
My favorite part was when Yanek, his uncle, and Yanek's best friend hid under the floor boards for a week and after that, since they hadn't been working for a week they regained muscle and were the healthiest they had been in a while.