Eleven-year-old Jewish orphan, Daniel Klein, is a boy adept at sleight-of-hand, and perhaps,
something much more. Born with mismatched eyes (one blue, one green) he wants to hold
on to all of his childhood things. Things like pulling silver coins from the air and
turning white handkerchiefs red. Things like kind hornets and signs from God and statues
made of silver mercury.
However, after he and his young friends are sent from the yellow fields of a Hungarian
summer to the gray confines of a Nazi death camp in German-Occupied Poland, Daniel finds the boy within
him slipping away. And when the camp's ambitious and obsessive Nazi research doctor,
Karl Vendel, takes a dark interest in Daniel's rare eye color, Daniel loses the last
pieces of his former self.
But as he faces the death of his friends and the impending loss of his sight, Daniel
realizes that he must return to the one thing he knows in order to save himself
magic. And just like that, he makes himself disappear. This is not simply a story of history and pain, but one of boyhood friendships and of hope. It serves to remind us of the one thing we all knew as children - that belief makes things real.