"In January of 1945, at the age of twenty, Czeslaw Plawski fled from Communist control in his home town of Wilno, Poland. After fighting with the underground forces against the enemy in Poland for three years, he endured a harrowing escape to Sweden. There he joined a secret organization, and continued his battle against Communist forces. He saw service in West Germany, where he joined the paratroopers of the United States Army. Czeslaw later returned to Sweden and after a period of three years, eventually found his way to the United States, where he made his permanent home. Czeslaw survived numerous torturous and life threatening experiences in his search for freedom. This is the true depiction of his ordeal, as well as that of his wife and her family. They, along with thousands of others, endured extreme hardships in their effort to escape persecution." -- Cover, p. .