Anna, Max and Mama have left Germany behind to join Papa in Switzerland. They are moving because they are Jewish, and enemies of the Nazis. The elections are just about to take place. Anna is excited to start a new life. However, Mama is worried that the Germans will take their passports before they can get across the border, and Max is sorry to be saying goodbye to all of his old friends.
It's not fair! I miss everyone back home so, so much! Why do we have to move? We don't even know if the Nazis will win yet!
The family have made it safely to Switzerland, but Anna is very ill. Mama is looking after her, but Anna is confused. Weeks pass, but it does not seem that long to Anna. Her illness is very serious, but she pulls through.
Stop that, it hurts!
Max and Anna play often with two children named Vreneli and Franz. But two Nazi German children come along, and their parents don't want them to play with Anna and Max because they are Jewish. This angers Mama and she tells Vreneli and Franz to choose between Anna and Max and the German children. In the end, Vreneli and Franz choose Anna and Max.
I wish Mama and Papa would come back...
Papa cannot find work in Switzerland, so he and Mama go to Paris to see if it is suitable for them to live in, but Anna and Max are left alone. During the day Anna is fine, but at night she misses them, and feels alone.
Papa comes back and takes Anna and Max to Paris! The apartment is very small and cramped, and they have to share it with a grumpy Austrian woman called Grete, but Anna is just happy that the family is all together again.
Max goes to school, but Mama cannot find any place suitable for Anna to go to, so Anna must stay home for now. This annoys both Max and Anna: Max because he thinks it's unfair that Anna gets to stay home while he has to go to school, and Anna because she is bored staying at home all day. Whenever Max gets home, they quarrel.
It isn't my fault I can't go to school!
Well, until you do, stop acting like you own the place!