A harrowing story about frightening facts difficult to discuss, Broken Buckets looks at what can go wrong as a result of forces already set in motion. A vivid tale of grief and trauma left inadequately tended, this story is a tribute to teachers, to veterans, and to school children. Written entirely before the Newtown tragedy, du Trieux was later told by an agent "no one will touch that subject". The author remained courageously motivated to tackle this most challenging of topics with her characteristically gentle and honest manner. It is a compelling work, with tension that builds from chapter to chapter toward the inevitably tragic end of which one reader said, "It was truly masterful the way the end unfolded." Throughout the reader begins to have care and compassion for everyone in the story, and about the contemporary issues that drive the storyline. Here we find a tale that may help to ease tensions regarding violence in our innermost society.