Before one fateful April day, Jeanne lived the life of a typical Rwandan girl. She fought with her little sister, went to school, and teased her brother. Then, in one horrifying night, everything changed. Political troubles unleashed a torrent of violence upon the Tutsi ethnic group. Jeanne s family, all Tutsis, fled their home and tried desperately to reach safety. They along with nearly 1 million others did not survive. The only survivor of her family s massacre, Jeanne witnessed unspeakable acts. But through courage, wits, and sheer force of will, she survived. Based on a true story, this haunting novel by Jeanne s adoptive mother makes unforgettably real the events of the 1994 Rwandan genocide as one family experienced it. Jeanne s story is a tribute to the human spirit and its capacity to heal.