Thirteen-year-old Danny never knew that his father was abusing his mother, until the day his father almost killed her. When the limits of the justice system allow his father to be released, Danny's mother follows the advice of police and social workers and takes Danny and his little sister into hiding. They will go to another city and begin a new life, with new identities. And so begins the second trial in Danny's life, as everything he's known is taken from him. As his mother struggles to support the family, Danny is torn between loving and hating her, blaming her for everything. In his anger, he turns to the school's gang of bullies, but could a young girl named Nixxie, with challenges of her own, be his way to find acceptance in this new life?
Rosemarie Boll has been practising family law for twenty-five years. She has written and spoken extensively on family law and volunteered with a number of legal aid clinics and children's organisations. She currently practises with the Family Law Office of Legal Aid in Alberta. The issue of domestic abuse and how families are treated in the court system is very important to her. Rosemarie lives in Edmonton, Alberta.