We Die Alone
is the story of a Norwegian named Jan Baalsrud who, along with a team of Norwegian commandos trained by the British, sailed in a disguised fishing boat from the Shetland Islands to Norway in a mission to sabotage German forces during World War II. Unfortunately, things go horribly awry, and Baalsrud, the only surviving member of his team, is forced to make a desperate escape through Arctic terrain crawling with German soldiers. In a series of horrific experiences that reads like a cross between Endurance
and Touching the Void
, Baalsrud faces avalanches, hypothermia, starvation, and being forced to cut off nine of his gangrenous toes with a dull knife. Most remarkable, however, are the scores of Norwegian civilians who help him over the course of his journey at great financial and personal sacrifice, with a very real risk of ruin and death for themselves and their families if they are caught by the German occupation forces.