When their mother is called to Iraq with her National Guard Unit, 17-year-old Mario Barajas and his 10-year-old brother, Eddie, are sent to live with their Aunt Carmen. Soon after the boys move in, their aunt's boyfriend, Denton, begins spending more and more time at Carmen's, particularly with Eddie. When Mario notices that his little brother is laughing less and behaving rather strangely, he soon discovers the sexual abuse that Eddie has been suffering at the hands of Denton. With their mother miles away, their aunt's boyfriend threatening to split the boys up into different foster homes, and his brother refusing to tell anyone else the truth, Mario must do whatever he can to keep his brother safe. This is a gripping and moralising tale of trust, betrayal, and secrets that should never be kept.
Marilyn Reynolds is the author of the Hamilton High series, which includes "Baby Help," " Beyond Dreams," "But What About Me?," "Detour for Emmy," "If You Loved Me," "Love Rules," "No More Sad Goodbyes," "Telling," and "Too Soon for Jeff." She is also the author of "I Won't Read and You Can't Make Me." She was nominated for an Emmy Award for the ABC Afterschool Special teleplay of "Too Soon for Jeff." She lives in Gold River, California.