Bruno, his mother, father, and older sister leave from their town off to a new home. His father got a promotion and has to leave to be closer to his post. His father is a German soilder.
Once they arrive Bruno and his sister go and pick out their rooms. Bruno notices something out of his window. It looks like a farm. The next day Bruno finds that his window is borded shut.
After they start to get settled in, Bruno notices that their help wears pajamas instead of work clothes. He notices that his father treats him very badly, and the servent looks very weak.
One day Bruno goes out to explore without his mother knowing about it. He fled to the back of the woods and came upon a huge fence. There was a little boy and they became friends. Bruno would go and vist him anytimre that he could. One day, Schmuel told Bruno that his dad went missing. Bruno decided to help him.
Schmuel gives Bruno clothes like his and a cap. They sneak in and go off to look for Schmuel's dad. They run into a building and get stuck because the soilders round them all up.
Then the boys are both rounded up into the stampied of prisioners. They are taken into the gas chambers and never see the light of the sun again.