These fifteen journeys—fourteen of them within Poland—take six
years, 1940–1946. The distances vary. Sometimes they are minimal,
as short as a two-stop bus ride in a city, or a twenty-minute
walk, and sometimes they are longer—much longer. The traveler
is a young girl, who we meet at age seven. Along the way, she loses
her home, her family, her name, her hair, and finally, her fear.
Two things help her on her journeys during these difficult years:
some lessons from her parents and a large share of luck, which
never deserts her.