He is a talented story teller and an unusual witness of the war and through him we experience how the controversial Danish collaboration policy with Germany worked, as seen through the eyes of a young boy. He also gives us an insight into how it was to be a first-hand witness to the bombing of German sea ports and how morality and fairness is seen from the point of view of a 14 year old boy living through the chaos of the war, resisting rules and the German occupation.

In the film, we follow Karl as he revisits the German cities he saw during the war as well as his still intact boy's room on the family farm. Aboard an old steamer, we ship out with Karl as he, for the first time, tells on camera how he survived when his ship collided with a mine in the middle of the cold North Sea, and how the Danish butter became both dangerous and the saviour of his life.