Samantha's mother is killed in a car accident when she's three. She's being raised by her grandparents in Kentucky, when her disturbed father snatches her and takes her to Missouri, where he intends to raise her in the same house he was raised in. Dirk was abused as a child, as was Clyde, his father. He makes Samantha stay downstairs in a dirty cellar, threatening her if she tries to come out. He is abusive, but at 16, the cycle will end. Now, she will face a judge. Everyone, including the prosecuting attorney falls in love with Sam. She undergoes hypnosis and her torturous childhood is revealed to them all. She's diagnosed with split psychosis because Sam reverts back to a child in her grandmother's care while being molested by her deranged dad. She is sentenced to two years in a state run psychological facility and she finds her sanity there. Now, she's on her way home to Kentucky. Jagged Sky is a poignant portrayal of strength and the will to survive a horrendous childhood. She becomes a voice for other kids as an adult and even writes an article which is published. There's a clear blue sky at the end, with Noah, she'll never be afraid or alone again.