In chapter 17, the family takes a break from traveling in a meadow because Edek is not feeling well.
The main idea of a chapter is what the chapter is mostly about. This book is the story of a young Polish family after the Nazi invasion of Waraw. The children are traveling to Switzerland, and they have reached the American zone. Jan is sick with tuberculosis.
But anxiety for him kept her awake. A change had come over him during the last twenty-four hours. If they did not reach Switzerland soon, he might not live.
Edek is sick too, so they stop in a peaceful meadow. . Jan and Ruth need to find work in the village for while they are resting there before they continue their journey to Switzerland.