The Boy Who Dared is a novel based on a true story from World War II. Helmuth Hubener was a young boy when Hitler came to power in Germany. As his life changes and his community is altered, he struggles internally with the propaganda and cruelty of the Nazi regime. After secretly listening to BBC broadcasts, he decides that the truth needs to be told. He begins writing essays and distributing pamphlets telling people what is actually happening in Germany and around the world. When he is arrested, he takes all the blame hoping his friends will be spared execution of extreme sentences. Helmuth is sentenced to death and is executed at age 17.