The Little Gray Notebook is the fourth chapter in the story of a middle-class German family stretching from the 1920s to the 1950s. That chapter begins in 1946 with the return of a POW to a smitten country and a ruined city. It talks about the hunger years (1946 - 1948) and those of the "German miracle," the economic recovery from 1948 to 1953. It ends with the emigration of a young family destined for the United States. Many pictures enliven the story: the destroyed city of Coblence, the life of a hungry student in a divided country, the love and marriage of a young couple who possessed no more than clothes on their backs, and the birth and early childhood of their daughters. The story of The Little Gray Notebook ends with the young family's arrival in the "big city" of New York. A new and altogether different life lay ahead.