I love Torey Hayden and her books. They are basically memoirs of her life as a special ed teacher with severely emotionally/ behaviorally handicapped kids. They are warm and wonderful tributes to the power of loving acceptance to heal even such damaged children. This one isn't quite as powerful as One Child, which makes me cry every time I read it. In this one her difficulties with authority figures, inability to stand up and defend herself and the kids she cares for are more clear and flaw the work a bit.