When thirteen-year-old Emily Jane MacFarlane is woken by her mother's screams, she is certain someone has discovered her family's secret. Her first thought is to save her Ma. When that becomes impossible, she promises to keep her little sister safe.
But her attempts only expose her family's secret to her entire village and Emily Jane is torn away from her sister. She is taken to Area D - the City prison where she will be tortured again and again, and where she is set to spend the rest of her life.
But Emily Jane can't forget her baby sister, and although no one has ever escaped from Area D, she is determined to get out of there and fulfill the promises she made - even if it takes her the rest of her life.