This is a novel of a subject that is not openly spoken or written about. Mara a 9-year old orphan is being sexually abused by a neighborhood bully. During this time she becomes acquainted with a girl her age who is called Camilla. This abusive is unknown to all those who know her, and the bully tells her that should she tell anybody the lady who she calls aunt Elma will die. This is a novel that speaks of a subject that is taboo, one that is not discussed by christian families. This is a story of a lost child who suffers a shattered childhood, but in the end with the help of God, her friends, she finds the answers to her questions, and finds people who answer all her questions and really do love her. This is a great novel and one that shows that their is much child abusive is this world and children need to be protected.