Latsi and Pishta escape from a railroad car bound for a communist children's home in Hangary. Aided by a friend in Budapest, they plan to stowaway aboard a freight train, pass the Austrian border and make their way to Sweden where Latsi's parents have resided for several years. The unpredictable obstacles in this race for freedom add to the existout hazards. The boys are separated, Pishta comes down with a fever and Latsi comes in contact with a Russian spy whose job it is to reclaim wayward refugees. With the help of a Swedish journalist in Austria., the spy is apprehended, the boys reunited and the long angerous journey completed. A timely topic employs tried and true techniques of story telling in this well thriller in the cloak and dagger vein.