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The main character, Rachel was born without a father and to a mother that does not care for her, telling her "she's a nail in her coffin." Rachel's mom also seriously beats her at times. Rachel is mainly raised by her grandparents and her aunts and uncles while her mother works at a factory called The Congo. Rachel's mother agrees to marry Alfred Caluwaerts because he doesn't mind that she had a daughter, to give Rachel a previous name and to tell everyone Rachel had a dad. But, Rachel does not find him as a father because he did not talk to her and just wanted to get rid of her. However, Alfred soon leaves because of Rachel's mum constant controlling attitude and adulterous on Geoffrey Voorst. Rachel's mother divides in the church and also moves in with Geoff who did not have work. When the Nazi's invaded Belgium, Rachel's mother and Geoff both joined the S.S.. Furthermore, through Rachel's first communion she did not get a missal that the other kids received since she was a bastard, and she recalled that day indefinitely. Geoff takes most of the money they were supposed to receive from your S.S. Rachel's mother got pregnant every time Geoff came from leave. One time when Geoff was back on departure, Geoff was abusing Rachel's mother and was in an agreement with Rachel, so Rachel spit on his uniform. That action landed Rachel into a German camp, and Rachel later found out that her own mum signed documents allowing her to be carried to the camp. From the camp, the Rachel is abused and used for force labor on a farm. Rachel gets out of the camp when she falls ill and she is taken to a hospital and aided by nuns and priests which when she discovers their secret she later dislikes them. Rachel is also helped by Charles that the fa...