Chapter 1 Summary


She has been imprisoned for forty-three days, strapped to a narrow metal bed. She is not particularly afraid, but she does feel “a great, pent-up rage.” When she does feel fear, she finds strength in visualizing ways to feel powerful, such as burning him alive in his car. She dozes off but wakes when he enters the room. He is tall, with tangled reddish-brown hair and a thin goatee; he wears glasses with black frames. She does not know how old he is. She hates his smell, his voice, his silence, his touch. He is annoyed when she does not respond to him, and he tightens all her straps. She tries to kick him, but he is prepared: the blow is ineffectual. It is her thirteenth birthday, and she is...

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