A quiet but desperate cry awakens Merry Hanson in the middle of the night-her friend Lissa is once again fleeing from physical abuse. Bruises and wounds brand the girl's flesh, but fear and grief embrace her heart. Merry searches for a way to help without destroying her loyalty to God-she is torn between hiding Lissa and disclosing the truth. Luckily, faith and prayer allow her to make wise decisions. She calls on her Amish friend Rachel for assistance, and Lissa's hideout in the Amish community gives her a new perspective on families and religion. She finally gains enough integrity and inner peace to confront the abusive situation at home head on; her mother comes to her support, and her father agrees to take on counseling for his problem.
Bethany House Publishers