Twelve year old Porphyras and his younger sister Mina were the remaining survivors of the which destroyed the village of Simitra, Greece. How the two orphans deal with their tragedy captures the essence of childhood courage and creates a moving and memorable adventure story. than Mina, Porphyras has a dream to rely on -a job in a filling station. Mina is miserable in their Dutch foster home. Longing for the warmth and beauty of Greece, she along the seashore and disappears. With this sudden new tragedy gnawing at his heart, Porphyras embarks on a search Europe which ends in southern France in the home of the and a final reunion with Mina. In the climate and atmosphere of what seems a new Simitra, the two orphans take root and as an attendant in Monslear Barbilo's filling station, Porphyras' simple dream comes true. ""In spite of all the disasters that had overtaken him, he had kept his trust in life!"" A dramatic story without melrama -- any tears are human, not .