Dave Pelzer's father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality, denying him food and clothing, torturing him in any way she could imagine. This woman told her son she could kill him any time she wanted to -- and nearly did.
The millions of readers of Pelzer's previous bestselling memoirs, A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy, know that he lived to tell his courageous story. But even years after he was rescued, Dave felt rootless and awkward, an outcast haunted by memories of his years as the bruised, cowering "It" locked in his mother's basement. Desperately trying to make something of his life, Dave was determined to weather every setback and gain strength from adversity.
Dave's dramatic reunion with his dying father and the shocking confrontation with his mother -- along with the discovery of her secret past -- led to his ultimate calling as a mentor to others struggling with personal hardships. From a difficult marriage to the birth of his son, from an unfulfilling career to an enduring friendship, Dave was finally able to break the chains of his past, learning to trust, to love, and to live.