Liliha has promised herself she won't cry. If nothing else, the harsh words and slaps she received at the hand of her uncle taught her never to show her true feelings. It is his fault she has leprosy, and the anger in her heart makes her strong.
But she doesn't expect to find a place of anarchy, with no supervision and inadequate food and housing. "Haven't you heard about this place?" says one of the lepers. "In this place, there is no law."
Liliha will do what it takes to survive, even if it means a face-off with the violent woman who controls the rations. Even if she has to open her hardened heart to Manukekua, a boy her age, and Hana, a Christian woman who begins to teach her about forgiveness.
In this extraordinary first novel, Cindrich brings hope to horror, capturing a journey that teaches a lost girl more about love than she has ever known.
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Published June 10, 2002
by G. P. Putnam's Sons.
Children's Books, Literature & Fiction.