Liesel lives in Molching, Germany with her foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann. Her brother died on the way here. After moving here, Liesel defines her role in the community and makes a friend, Rudy Steiner.
Max Vandenburg, a Jew, secretly hides out in the Hubermann'sbasement. By keeping him there the Hubermann's are risking their lives to protect him.
Liesel has a thirst for knowledge and therefore starts stealing books. She gets caught by Ilsa while stealing a Jewish book from a fire.
Himmel Street, where Liesel and the Hubermann's live, is unexpectedly bombed. Liesel, who was the only one to survive because she was writing in the basement.
After the bombing, Liesel is taken in by Ilsa and works with Rudy's dad. There she is reunited with Max, who was captured after leaving the Hubermann's house before the bombing.
Many years later, Death comes looking for Liesel. Before taking her, Death gives her the book that saved her life long ago.