Jade knows nothing of her life before the People of Joy, the religious cult her mother joined when she was 4 years old. Then her mother dies, leaving 12-year-old Jade at the mercy of group leader Solomon, who finances his life by selling children to various "uncles" for evenings of unspeakable acts.

With the help of another child, Jade escapes and lives on the streets. Now a 24-year-old street artist, her life is about to change again when Sam Cochrane comes into possession of one of her paintings. Sam spent years looking for his wife and daughter. Jade's portrait, which so resembles his wife, renews his hope, and he hires his friend, P.I. Luke Kelly, to locate his family.

Upon finding Jade, Luke is overwhelmed by the hardships this brave woman has overcome and he's determined to help her regain the life she should have had.

Sala once again demonstrates her exceptional storytelling skills in this gripping tale. She tackles difficult subject matter with heart-wrenching grace. (Oct., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson