Barbara Covington is living a nightmare. First she loses her husband to cancer, then she realizes her daughter Emily is a hard-core drug addict. In desperation, she contacts a Christian rehab center. The director of the center is a former addict herself. She agrees to come out to the Covington house, do an intervention, then escort Emily to the rehab center in another state.
As you might expect, events do not go smoothly. The intervention session makes Emily quite hostile. Barbara forces her daughter to go with the rehab lady, but when the two arrive on the other end, things go terribly wrong. The rehab lady is found dead in her car, and Emily is missing.
Of course Barbara is convinced that her daughter didn’t have anything to do with the murder, while the police consider Emily to be their prime suspect.
Throughout the story, you see the agony that a family goes through when one of their own is a drug addict. Feelings of helplessness and desperation dominate the atmosphere. The parent’s attention is totally focused on the child with the addiction, to the neglect of the child who is doing nothing wrong. At the end of the novel, the author writes that the story was inspired by her struggles with her own daughter, who was a drug addict. I have to give the author a lot of credit for being willing to share some of the things that can happen when you have a loved one with an addiction.