By: Casey Willems
In 1944, Frans, is a twelve-year-old boarding school student taking care of a band of ponies when an American airman is shot down over occupied Holland. Frans rescues Bill. While trying to bring him to a safe place, they are both nearly captured by the Germans. On the run, they survive a number of harrowing experiences. This book relates in graphic detail how people survived the occupation, the hunger winter, separation, displacement, and the loss of family, friends and homes. It is a story of friendships, of people taking care of each other, of Germans who took care of the Dutch and of Dutchmen who were deceitful. The boy has to come to grips with good and evil, coming of age in a difficult time.