When i purchased this book i wasn't sure what to expect really. My niece who is a nursery teacher recommended it to me, but on learning it was a true very sad story of an abused little girl - at first i wasn't that keen. I bought it because i love true stories and much prefer them to fiction. The true story is by author Torey Hayden who is a very special teacher living in America. The tale begins with a violent frightened 6 year old little girl who has set fire to a 3 year old child, and is practically uncontrollable. The little girl has been abandoned on a highway by her mother, and the mother took off with the brother - leaving little Sheila to face the world with no brother or mummy. Without giving away too much of the book - teacher Torey Hayden is left in charge of this troubled child who is beyond all who have encountered her. This book is the fascinating story of the relationship between child and mentor and how Torey learns of the dark secrects this poor girl has endured. There were parts in the book where i disagreed with some forms of behaviour displayed by Torey, but i couldn't praise this lady any higher for the patience and heartfelt love she shows to this wayward disturbed child. I think everyone will find this book fascinating and yet quite disturbing in parts. The system in America regarding social workers and children in care appears to be quite different to the UK, but reading this book opened my eyes to all involved in the fragile process of caring for disturbed and abused children.