Ten year-old Joris can hardly remember what life was like before the Germans took over Holland. Now there are air raids, neighbors that have become German informants, and rations for everything. However, his family still makes do as they run a mill called the Watchman. After he witnesses a plane being shot down, Joris gets his chance to help an RAF pilot, and the whole family gets involved in the resistance movement. A realistic, yet warm WWII story with a close-knit, caring family.