The author describes life under two different regimes in her native Hungary, Nazis and communists. The German Nazi regime occupied Hungary and planned on cleansing the world from inferior ethnic groups such as Jews and Gypsies. This regime presented a real life danger to this writer and her family. Staying alive was a matter of luck. The Communist regime had beautiful slogans about everybody being equal, but in reality it was oppressive. The author tried to escape the political atmosphere by concentrating on science and ignoring politics. Yet it was not possible to ignore the political environment that touched everyday lives. The communist problems in Hungary lead to an uprising against the government. The author and her husband quickly escaped the unwanted political system, and headed towards freedom to enjoy the democracy in North America.