Identity crises plague both Claudine St. James and Robert
Lester, though for entirely different reasons. Claudie
comes from a broken home and a life of prostitution. Bo was
born with a silver spoon in his mouth and a father who
never deigned to notice him.
As they struggle to connect the pieces of their past into a
meaningful present, both Claudie and Bo must learn self-
acceptance and forgiveness.
Claudie's been of the streets for seven months, starting a
halfway house for prostitutes and using her experience to
help others. But she can't forget the family she left
behind, especially the youngest sister she practically
Fearing that at seventeen her sister may become her
stepfathers next victim, Claudie heads to Kansas to
confront her past.
Bo follows Claudie, realizing the danger in her quest. Even
as Claudie believes she can't share her used and damaged
body with this remarkable man, he's equally determined to
love her and give her a future.
Claudie's skittishness and fears are portrayed
compassionately and realistically, making her an
extraordinarily sympathetic character without undermining
her strength. Bo's own issues with her father prevent him
from becoming "too perfect," and giving him sufficient
flaws to be perfectly human. Indeed, Bo's both wonderfully
tender and self honest, making him perfect for Claudie.