eli is a 12 yearr old boy living in sighet, transalvania. he is jewish and has two sidters a mom and a dad. he begins studying the talmud at a very young age. eventually the nazis and gestapo apperar in his village and so begins the holocaust for eli and his loved ones.
eli and his family are stuffed into cattle cars on trains along with hundreds of others and dont even have enough room to sit down so everyone stands. one woman who lost here son already begins to have visions of fire burning in the distance and after a few more days they arrive at a camp where the fires are burning visibly from the chimneys.
eli is now living in the camp with his father and is having medical exams and one doctor notices his gold crown. luckily for him the doctor is caught before he can take his crown and is killed.
in this chapter eli is evacuated from the camp along with everyone else during a massive blizzard. they are forced to run all night and eventually run 42 miles in just one night.
finally after running all night they arrive at the next camp and they are herded into the barracks and they are almost crushed because theyre is not enough room and they all collapse onto each other. eli is forced to clathrough other bodies just to get hole to breath through.
elis father who has been fatally sick with dsyntary and whtever else finally dies. eli is not sad but is relieved his chances of survial have increased greatly after sometime later they are put back in the barracks like normal. 11 hours later the american army raids the camps and eli is saved.