Exposition: 10-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen were normal girls living in Copenhagen, Denmark. When walking home from school one day with Kirsti, Annemarie’s sister, they ran into German soldiers… literally! The soldiers questioned the girls about what they were doing, and Annemarie told them. When the girls told their mother’s, they got upset. They were told to take a different route to and from school. The Nazi’s got more and more forceful with every passing day. When Annemarie went to get a button for Kirsti’s shoe, the shop was closed and Mrs.
Hirsch wasn’t there and neither was her family there either. Rising Actions: Mrs. Johansen realized that “it” was starting, the Nazi’s hunt for all the Jews. The Rosen family went to the synagogue for their “New Year” the rabbi told them that the Nazis had taken a list of all the Jewish families and where they lived. Ellen came to live with the Johansen’s and was disguised as Annemarie’s dead older sister, Lise Johansen. The first night that Ellen was staying with the Johansen’s, the Nazis came.
They questioned about Ellen’s black hair, (the Johansen’s all had blonde hair) but fortunately Mr. Johansen thought quickly and showed the German Officer a picture of Lise when she was a baby and had curly, black hair. The next morning, Mrs. Johansen, Kirsti, Annemarie, and Ellen made their way to Mrs. Johansen’s brother Henrik’s house in Gilleleje because they believe it will be safer for Ellen. The girls have a fun and relaxing day until Annemarie’s mother says that “Great-Aunt Birte” died and they would be having a funeral that night.
That night, many strangers arrive at Uncle Henrik’s house, among them a rabbi and many Jewish families. When it got dark, cars filled with Nazi soldiers come into the house and ask what the casket is for and why all the people are here. Mrs. Johansen tells them that “Great-Aunt Birte” dies of Typhus fever but she would be glad to open the casket lid. One of the soldiers slaps her and then leaves. Peter (Lise’s fiance before she was killed) opens the top of the casket and starts handing out warm clothes to the Jewish families.
Climax: They put on the warm blankets and went out on a dark trail, splitting up to be less suspected. Peter takes one group, and Annemarie’s mother takes the second. Ellen says goodbye to Annemarie and hugs her. The groups leave and Annemarie goes to sleep. In the morning, Annemarie wakes up seeing that her mother was not back yet, she looked out the window and her mother was lying on the grass. She ran outside and helped her mother with her broken ankle back to Henrik’s house. They realize that a very important package was left behind by Mr.
Rosen. Annemarie sets out to deliver the package to Henrik’s boat before he leaves. She is stopped by Nazis and pretends to be a silly little girl who is taking her “careless” uncle his lunch. The soldiers search her basket and let her go on but not before they throw the bread and cheese on the ground for their dogs to devour. Annemarie continues on and delivers the very important package to Henrik. He says that without that package and her bravery, he would not have been able to smuggle the Jews across the sea and into Sweden.
Falling Actions: Henrik returns home later after he gets all the Jews safely delivered to the shores of Sweden. After dinner and while Annemarie is learning how to milk a cow, Uncle Henrik tells her about the day’ events. He also explains how the handkerchief was soaked in dried rabbit’s blood and cocaine which made a chemical that temporarily killed the German dogs’ sense of smell. Resolution: Two years later, the war ends, and Annemarie will soon see Ellen and her family. During this time, many things happen.
Peter was part of the Resistance and was captured by Nazi soldiers and was executed. Annemarie learns that her sister Lise was also part of the Resistance and was killed by a German patrol car. Up until then, she had always thought that her sister was struck dead by a car and that it was an accident, but she was wrong. At the very end, Annemarie asked her father to fix Ellen’s Jewish star of David necklace that was broken in order to hide her identity when the Nazis came and searched the Johansen’s apartment. Annemarie decides to wear the repaired necklace in honor of her best friend.