The story begins with Emilys mother urging her daughter Emily & her son Kyle to pack their belongings. They need to leave their home - now. She just found out her husband, whom she left months ago, has located them & is on his way to their house. Mr. Chambers is a violent man, prone to fits of anger & rage during which he abused his family. His wife took the 2 children and fled the state, changing their last name to Adams, in hopes of fleeing their past.Emily doesnt want to leave her house & her new friends, but she has no choice. Her mom cautions her not to tell anyone they are leaving, but Emily receives special permission to tell her best friend, Morgan. After theyve packed their bags and loaded up the car, Emilys family heads south. When they stop for a break, Emily calls Morgans house without her mother knowing it. She tells Morgan where she is & which direction they're headed. Before they get much farther down the road, Mrs. Adams is pulled over by a police officer. The officer didn't pull her over for a violation; rather, the officer wants to speak to her. Based on information from Morgan, the police knew which direction they were headed & were able to track them down.The officer tells Mrs. Adams her husband has been arrested & is in jail. Shortly after they left the house, he broke into it. He was caught by a neighbor who called the police & had him arrested. Emilys mother decides to turn around and head back home, somewhat secure in the knowledge her husband is in jail & cant hurt her. After they find out what has happened, Mrs. Adams friends & neighbors rally around to help & support her. One secures the services of a lawyer who will work on her behalf free of charge. The story ends with Mr. Chambers in jail, awaiting trial.Throughout the story, Emily must cope with her conflicting emotions about her father. She loves him, but she hates the way he has treated the family. Through much prayer, Emily is able to forgive him.