Hans Hubberman is the foster parent of the main character Leisel. Hans Hubberman is the wife of Rosa Hubberman. The couple share complete opposite personalities. Rosa has a strong personality that is at time demanding and abusive, but she shows great care for Leisel and her husband. On the other side of this is Hans Hubberman, he is very gentle and looks after Leisel with care.
The story develops from Liesel and people of her family crumbling down until she is left alone with her mother. Then, she is left to foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubberman, at first the relationship between them is light, but as the days pass she develops a strong relationship.