Survival in the camps are as different as night and day. In this book, a fifteen your old boy, Georg, has strained relationships within his family, burden enough for a teenager. However, it is WWll, and after avoiding the Gestapo and the SS, Georg is finally corralled by the authorities. Surviving several camps is a fate worse than death in many ways, but as luck would have it, Georg is befriended and protected by souls who have maintained their humanity. It is in this book where I came to realize that the soup the inmates were given was laced with a drug that robbed them of their fortitude to lessen the potential for insurrection.