This is a moving and powerful book, based on a true story, which describes the "adventures" of four heroes who experience a series of very different, yet interconnected journeys during World War II.
Yanush St. Clair is an adventurous Hungarian Jew who escapes execution at the age of 18 by joining the French Legion. Due to his military experience and despite being a Jew, he is later drafted into the Hungarian Army, which has joined forces with the German Army. Towards the end of the war, he manages to escape the SS truck he is driving.
He is joined by Bob, an Afro American pilot from the famous, all black "Tuskegee Squadron," and Ina, a Russian medical officer, who dreams of a new life in America, having escaped from German imprisonment. Against all odds, they manage to highjack the locomotive of a train filled with SS soldiers and maneuver it into a territory free from German occupation.
Simultaneously, Yanush's wife, Terry and two of their children, manage to survive years of hardship, life in the Ghetto and later, a work camp. They were miraculously released from a transport headed for Auschwitz.