Helena lives in the beautiful and vast wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her parents, in a cabin with no electricity, heat, or water. All she has to read are old copies of National Geographic . She is 12 years old when she first sees another human being.
Over time, she learns that her mother was kidnapped as a young girl and has been a prisoner of her father all this time. While he is often violent, and cruel, Helena still loves her father. One day she and her mother have a chance for escape.
This is a great book! It is expertly written and a serious page turner, I read it in one day. Karen Dionne skillfully describes the isolating loneliness Helena feels, how she is often town between her parents and how she longs for the outside world once she has a tiny taste of freedom. Read this book!