Lale is a Slovakian Jew and tattooist in Auschwitz. His job is to scratch the identity numbers onto the arms of his fellow inmates. For this duty he gets special privileges, which he uses to barter money and jewellery of dead Jews for extra food and blankets to keep those he can alive. Then he meets Gita and falls in love with her and this helps fuel the fierce determination to survive. They miraculously manage this and land up making their home in Australia. This story is based on the truth and Morris has used input from Lale himself to furnish detail. A beautiful, and ultimately uplifting story, written with compassion and sensitivity.