Disparate worlds collide during a late night pizza delivery as eighteen-year-old Jonathan interrupts a family dispute between a "father" and his young daughter. That encounter opens Jonathan's eyes to the reality of sex trafficking.
To date, his concerns centered around baseball and beginning studies at a Bible college he'd rather not attend. But the dark world of sex trafficking forces him to examine his life and his actions.
Jonathan and his sister Leah live a sheltered life, protected and prayed for by parents--former missionaries. Mara's parents protect themselves by selling their daughter into the sex trade. Her uncle, "Jefe," smuggles her across the Mexican border to San Diego. Unconcerned for her well-being, he uses his niece to enrich his own life.
This powerful novel opens the readers' eyes to the awful reality of the sex trade which happens, not only in faraway countries, but in our own.
Macias so darkly illustrates the life of young prostitutes and contrasts it masterfully with Jonathan's idealistic and ideal life, you can't help but see and hear and taste the horrors girls like Mara suffer daily--often at the hands of those who should protect them.
As Edmund Burke stated, "Evil prevails when good men do nothing." Award-winning author Kathi Macias opens our eyes to the evil of the sex trade in a riveting novel. Beyond the leisure a novel presents, Macias leaves us with a knowledge we cannot dodge. Will we close our eyes to the truth and thus allow this evil to prevail or we act where we can?
This is a must read.