The author - a naturalized U.S. citizen - wrote this book as a legacy to his family. He relates his experiences of growing up in Germany from his birth in 1924 to his joining the Luftwaffe for flight training after graduating from high school in 1942.
Busch's descriptions of the various phases of training he underwent at a variety of airbases in Germany (one of his training classes even received a pep talk from Hitler himself in 1943) are quite revealing in terms of conveying the effects (on soldiers and civilians alike) of the Allied bombing campaign on the Reich in the latter stages of the war. Upon completion of training, the author was assigned to a bomber unit in which he learned to fly the Messerschmitt 262 jet fighter.
After the war, Busch struggled for a time to find work and a career in postwar Germany. Thanks to the help of a relative living in California, Busch and his wife (whom he married in the late 1940s), were able to emigrate to the U.S. in the early 1950s.