At the age of two, Inge is kidnapped from her German parents. Rechristened Yona, she is raised in the wilderness by Jerusza, an elderly mystical Jewish woman. She tells Yona her parents were evil, and she teaches her about how to live in the wild. She is convinced that Yona needs to learn these things for a reason. Jerusza dies after World War II starts and Yona discovers groups of Jewish people living in the forest. She realizes her purpose in life is to help them survive. Will they be discovered by the Germans?
“We’ve all lost so much. When we find happiness, especially where we didn’t expect to, we must hold it close with all our might, don’t you think?”