After Hazen Wood kidnaps twelve-year-old Gemma Sullivan, the
two embark upon a cross-country journey that tests the limits of
Gemma's endurance. In scenes of physical and sexual violence, Hazen
tries to destroy the young girl's will. When she does manage to
escape he drags her back and threatens to have her
arrested for the violent acts he performs. It is only Gemma's
resilience and fertile imagination that protects her from the worst
of the trauma she suffers. And, in the end, it is the healing power
of unconditional love that gives Gemma the courage to speak out
against her abuser at last and claim the life she deserves.
Alternating between the voices of Gemma and Hazen Wood, Meg
Tilly has brilliantly brought to life powerful and unforgettable
characters that will leave you thinking about them long after you
turn the last page.