The story starts off with 3 boys bullying Karl Stern. A kid who is Jewish but doesn't practice any traditions of a normal jew. Once the boys discover his secret they beat him for it.
When Max the famous boxer and friend of Sig (Karl's Father) see Karl's bruises Max offers to teach Karl how to box in exchange for a painting of himself. Sig agrees and Karl starts his training.
Karl has to start delivering pictures of homosexuals to The Countess because the gallery is going out of business. He learns that his father worked in the army before the gallery and saved many of his comrades including The Countess himself.
Hitler Youth starts to take over the school. One day they have a assembly where they start to expel all of the Jewish students including Karl who then has to go to a Jewish school.
During one of Karl's fights he goes against a member of the Wolf Gang. After doing great in the first round the rest of the gang tells the judge that Karl is a jew he is then disqualified from the tournament.
Once the Nazis raid buildings on Kristallnacht Sig is injured defending his family and is taken to a hospital. With the help of Max, Karl's Mom and The Countess they can afford to send Karl and Hildy to America.