The author tells of his experiences immediately after the end of World War II. In order to avoid capture by the Russians, he flies and ends up in
However, he is betrayed and detained and, because of his excellent knowledge of French taken for a spy. He is taken to the notorious prison Bonne Nouvelle at
In the end, he manages to escape. He wears a Basque beret to hide his shaved head. After several re-imprisonments and escape attempts, he finally gets home, back in
In 1990, the novel was turned into a Franco-German TV co-production with Patrick Bach in the title role, directed by Alain Bonnot.