This book is the last of the Americo Prakak duology. In the first, the protagonist is a dislikable, malicious character. In the second, he is better understood, though not transformed, as his suffering and pain evoke our empathy. Here, truths are revealed and his torment explained. His survival we know was not guaranteed. This story offers an explanation of those antecedents and depicts how we might move past our historical hurts. From this perspective, how different a world can seem. Americo Prakak is sadly a familiar story reflecting the reality of those children once molested, abused, violated, and raped.
Yet, the story of Americo Prakak also offers hope that such a past is neither prologue nor immutable destiny. Americo's survival shows a path forward, a way to overcome the weight of such horrific trauma. On that horizon looms a new beginning and a new future.