(spoiler alert) Not only does this book tell the story of a brutal rape and how one woman dealt with it and the trial that came after, but it also shows how hard it is to deal with such an event in one's life, even if one has all possible resources available to help. This woman had a near-perfect case, was a superb witness, and her rapist was successfully prosecuted. She had a loving family, the support and admiration of the police and her lawyers, and friends. And she still spent time (she doesn't say how long, but it seems like a while) as a heroin addict. This is the sort of event that is truly difficult to live past.