She knew with a sudden, fierce clarity that he had broken the curse. Ever since she can remember, Runo has felt different from everyone else. In foster care since the age of three, she’s struggled with years of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Closing herself off, she seeks comfort between the lines of great poetry and the sting of a razor. Johnny leaves his pill-popping mother behind for a new town where it’s hard to fit in, especially when he finds himself drawn to a mysterious girl who can quote his favorite lines of poetry. But after a brief encounter, she disappears without a trace. At the age of fourteen, Sylvia, committed to the psych ward for attempting suicide, finds solace in alcohol and the attention of older men. Breaking the Curse, the first installment in the Escape the Fate series, follows Runo, Johnny, and Sylvia as they struggle to find their own way in life.