The story takes place over a time span of 3 days, and set in Estertown, a fictional town in New Jersey. It starts off when Meredith's father was in jail. He was in jail because he molested children. He was supposed to stay in jail for nine years, but its only been three years and he is coming home to Meredith and her mother. Meredith is very disappointed and scared because she knows he will try to hurt her again. Meredith's mother, Sharon, is very happy because she forgives him and thinks that family should stick together. When Charles, Meredith's father, comes home, the whole town is unhappy because they don't like him because they know he will also try to hurt the children again. Some restaurants don't allow them to eat there. Because Meredith hates her father, she tries running away several times. The first time, she ran away to her boyfriend Andy's house. Andy is 19 and is paralyzed since the night he graduated High School. He and his religious mother are planning to go to Iowa to meet the victim's soul to cleanse him in the next couple of days. The second time, she went to her Mothers mom's house, who is Mayor. Later in the book, Meredith and one of her friends who is a police officer, plan to catch her father . They set cameras all around the house, especially in her room. This is a very big help because Meredith's father tried to hurt her while her mother left them alone together. To save herself, Meredith takes a glass object and hits her father on the head with it. Her father becomes unconscious.
In the aftermath of the attack, her mom is arrested and charged by Police with leaving her alone with a known pedophile and a lot of offenses, but the judge granted bail because she wasn't a flight risk, and she also hadn't contacted her ever since. She is confirmed pregnant and spent with Charles at the hospital; Charles got a C-4 Spinal Cord Injury resulted in quadriplegia. He has limited shoulder movement and can move his head, but the rest of him was paralyzed. He also sent back to jail for life. Andy can walk again and Meredith is safe again and now lives at her grandmother's.