A vivid memoir of the Holocaust in Croatia during World War II. Isac's happy childhood was abruptly ended by the arrest and disappearance of his father, then his mother. After his own arrest and miraculous release, he hid under an assumed name in a Christian boys' school, then escaped to join the Partisan resistance. But the war's end would not end his troubles. Anxiously expecting the return of parents who do not come back, the adolescent boy coped with the feelings of growing up amidst a stressed, decimated family, while enduring the vicissitudes of Tito's dictatorship in communist Yugoslavia. Yearning to have a family of his own, wanting to live in the peace and freedom of a normal society, Isac made his way west, to the USA.