When he was nine years old, Kip McFarland murdered another child. He set him on fire.
After living for over four years in a ward with hardened juvenile offenders, Kip is declared rehabilitated. Beginning a new life as a freshman in Indiana, Kip changes his name to Wade and starts with a clean slate. Popular, attractive, and the star of the swim team, Wade seems to have the perfect life. But the ghosts of his past won't let him rest, and in a weak moment, Wade spills the shameful secret of who he really is--or was: a murderer.
Exiled by friends and the community, Wade and his family start over once again in Texas. Wade finally meets someone he can trust: Sam, the pretty girl next door who might just have some demons of her own. Now Wade must decide if telling Sam his secret will set him free once and for all...or ruin everything once again. In a Gail Giles novel, anything can happen.
"This story explores, with sympathy and compassion, the nature of guilt, atonement and forgiveness."
"A sad and chilling journey...Suspenseful and thought-provoking."
Gail Giles is the acclaimed author of several novels for teens, including Shattering Glass, What Happened to Cass McBride?, and Right Behind You, all of which received numerous starred reviews, state awards, and teen choice selections. She lives in The Woodlands, TX, and you can visit her at www.gailgiles.com.