In the book, Defonseca describes how her caretaker planned to turn the young Jewish refugee over to the German. Fearful, she ran away, forced to live with a pack of wolves and steal farm chickens in or order to eat. Turns out, none of this happened, and Ms. Defonseca isn't even Jewish.
The Daily Telegraph quotes the author:
"Ever since I can remember, I felt Jewish," she said. "There are times when I find it difficult to differentiate between reality and my inner world. The story in the book is mine. It is not the actual reality - it was my reality, my way of surviving. At first, I did not want to publish it, but then I was convinced. I ask for forgiveness for all those who feel betrayed but I ask them to put themselves in the place of a small girl of four years old who has lost everything and who has to survive."