Lida and her sister were separated at the beginning of the book.
Lida, don't leave me!
No talking!!! Get on that train!!!!!!!!
Lida lies about her age to avoid not being useful. She is nine, but she says she is thirteen.
Uh, I'm 13.
What is your age little girl?
Lida works in the Laundrymat and helps out a lady named Inge. At first Inge is bossy, but after seeing Lida's talent, she befriends her and treats her nicely. A officer then makes Lida work in a bomb factory after seeing that Lida is getting to comfortable in the laundrymat.
You are very good at sewing.
Thank You, Mam.
Initially, they were being watched by a guard constantly. When the guard was not watching, Lida and her friends decided to sabotage the bombs. Instead of putting gunpowder in the bombs, they placed dirt that looked like gunpowder in them.
One day, the Bomb factory was hit, but Lida and some of her friends escaped. Some of her friends ran away from the area and Lida was forced onto a train with other prisoners. The train was later hit by a bomb, but Lida and some prisoners escaped. They made it to a deserted town where an American Soldier found them. He helped them get food and took them to a refuge camp where Lida was reunited with some of her friends.
Come with me, I'll help you.
After months of being in the refugee camp, Lida receives a letter from her sister, Larissa. In the letter, Larissa states she is in Canada with her adopted parents. The letter also tells Lida that Larissa wants her to move to Canada so they can be together again. Lida soon moves to Canada and takes a friend with her.