It is the beginning of the second world war when a four-year-old boy and his siblings living alone in a family home in Hove, Sussex, are gathered by policemen and others and crammed into buses. After the boy arrives at a strange house somewhere in the interior of England, he soon realizes his family has been separated, hopefully not forever.
Unfortunately, the man and woman who live in his new home are angry he is a boy, not a girl. As he spends four days locked in a tiny room that contains only a bed, two blankets, and an enamel bucket, the boy bravely attempts to adjust to his less than ideal living conditions. Finally, he is allowed to emerge from his makeshift prison cell. Now only time will tell if the boy will be able to endure the verbal and physical abuse of his guardians long enough to develop into a young man able to withstand any struggle in life.
In this historical novella, a boy ripped from everything he knows at the beginning of the second world war must find a way to endure unthinkable abuse from his new guardians.