"Some things are just sitting there, minding their own business, waiting to be discovered. Like America. And other things are probably better off left alone."
Nine-year-old Bruno has a lot of things on his mind. Who is the "Fury"? Why did he make them leave their nice home in Berlin to go to "Out-With" ? And who are all the sad people in striped pyjamas on the other side of the fence? The grown-ups won't explain so Bruno decides there is only one thing for it - he will have to explore this place alone. What he discovers is a new friend. A boy with the very same birthday. A boy in striped pyjamas. But why can't they ever play together?