Erich Jäger has it all. From the time he began school in 1933 Berlin he was tall, athletic, and popular, a natural leader. Erich rises through the youth programs of the Nazi government; the Jungvolk and, later, the Hitlerjugend.
Events come to a head in 1943 when Erich turns eighteen and is awarded the choice to serve in a volunteer SS Panzer Division. His service takes him to the hedgerows of Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, and the oil fields of Hungary. Wounded and left for dead in his last battle, he finds a way to make it back to the people he loves, and to a new realization.