Bruno, his father, mother, and sister are moving to Germany. Bruno was not to happy with the fact that they were going to move again but he was used to it at this point. He was unsure why exactly they were moving.
Bruno, in his new room, is looking out his window and notices a farm. He is curious as to what this farm is. He thinks about it for a second and wants to go check this farm out and see what it is. He does not tell his parents that he wants to go check it out because he knows they will not approve.
Bruno sneeks out of the house and goes to check out the farm. When he gets there, he sees a little boy that appears to be about his age, so he sits down on the other side of the fence and starts to talk to him. The boy told him that it was a work camp that he was sent to. Every once in awhile, Bruno will take games to play with the little boy when he is not in the middle of working.
After Bruno and the boy become friends, they have an idea for Bruno to dig a hole and sneak under the fence so that he could come and see what this "work camp" was. They are trying to find the young boy's dad when they get pushed into a big group of men and are taken to a room with them. When they are taken to this room, they think they are just getting out of the rain and taking shelter.