Anna Louise und Anton are best friends. Anna Louise’s father is the director of a multinational, they live in a big house, and her mother hops from one extravagant party to the next. Anton’s mother is an invalid, and leaves Anton to front the bills at home. Anna Louise decides to help her friend and starts earning money by busking. Trouble arises when Anton cannot resist stealing a golden lighter and Anna Louise’s secret life is discovered by her parents. These two troubled families are shocked into realizing the need for change as the adults are forced to wake from their semi-comatose state regarding their children. As suspenseful as Emil and the Detectives and as touching as Lotte and Lisa, this story is empowering for children and reminds adults of how much we can learn from