Alone and fending for themselves in a Poland devastated by World War Two, Jan and his three homeless friends cling to the silver sword as a symbol of hope. As they travel through Europe towards Switzerland, where they believe they will be reunited with their parents, they encounter many hardships and dangers. This extraordinarily moving account of an epic journey gives a remarkable insight into the reality of life in war-torn Europe.
Ian Serraillier was born in London in 1912, and educated at Brighton College and St.Edmund Hall, Oxford. From 1961 he worked in his Sussex home writing mainly for children. His main achievements included novels, poetry, retellings in verse and prose, educational and local history books. He died in November 1994.