Although I found some parts of the book drawn out, it was interesting to learn of the life in the circus during war-torn Europe. Several of these family-owned circuses harbored serval Jews, several of them whose lives were saved. The main character, Ingrid (a.k.a. Astrid) and her friend Noa, develop a complicated and yet deep relationship. In fact, the orphan Theo is not the main character. The story is about the two women who save him. The ending is unexpected and does not reveal itself until the end of the novel. Quick read.