The story begins with Albert drifting in his now familiar dream of his past life as he receives one of the chemo treatments for his new cancer that he developed.
It describes the family’s trials and tribulations trying to reach the US zone and find a DP ‘Displaced Persons’ United Nations camp as far as they could get from the borders of the Russian zone.
It recounts one happy and calm year that he spent in Wiesbaden under the protection of UNRRA and the tragic error that the screening commission made while trying to uncover any collaborators or persons that didn’t fit the classification of DP’s. It further details the arrogance and refusal of the commission to review or admit their error.
The story continues with the expulsion of the family from the protection of the UN and being thrown back to the post war German authority. The German Red Cross trying to reject them as being its responsibility.
In the meantime the family has appealed to the UN to clear their name so that they can be returned to its protection under the Charter.
Meanwhile they are transported via a cattle car to a German make shift ex prisoner of war camp where again they endure lack of food and warmth from the extreme cold of the 1946–47 winter.
His family finds that the liberation of Europe has not relieved their misery that they anticipated.