This book is about a village and its people in Eastern Germany. The book covers the period from post WWII to the near present. The central character is a German boy, who arrives as a refugee from the East. The book follows his life through the eyes of four of his neighbours as he rises from being bullied when young to becoming a prominent person in the village. If you're looking for an exciting story line, with ex-Nazis & Communists and all the rest of it, this is not the book for you. Instead, you get a story of how one village and its people, got on with their lives in dealing with the aftermath of WWII. English speakers and readers don't really have an appreciation of how life was for the Germans in that period. We get lots of war stuff in which the allies are the good guys but little of the German viewpoint. This is a book that gives one insight. I enjoyed reading this book. I was left wondering at the end what happened next. I would have liked the story to have continued. I don't know if thats a good or bad thing. Anyway, I recommend this book.