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During the dark periods of the Nazi, and later the Communist dictatorships a young girl named Panni survives these dangerous times in history with an unshaken belief in human dignity, courage and ingenuity to achieve her dream of personal freedom. Interwoven in the lives of Panni's family, the reader experiences circumstances that people had to overcome, and the determination and courage which helped some not only to survive the horrors, but to build new lives in foreign countries. As Panni waited in line for the deportation to Auschwitz, she was saved by the heroic Swedish diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg whose valiant efforts and tragic fate are included in her story. Finally, after the Hungarian Revolution, Panni finds her long hoped for freedom and opportunities in the United States.