Second oldest of seven children, seventeen-year-old Liz McLancy has felt lost in her life and her family for years. Now she only wishes to graduate high school and get away, to start again somewhere new. And when her older sister arrives home from college acting differently, appearing happier, it doesn't take much convincing for Liz to follow her into the benevolent Children of the Rose church.
But the more time Liz spends with the Children, the more strained her relationship with her family becomes. She finds herself voluntarily doing things she never would have done before--things that hurt her emotionally, mentally, and physically. By the time she would have realized how wrong the Children are, however, she's too far gone from even herself, sucked into the life of not making her own decisions in favor of feeling like part of something special. It will take all of her strength--both now and long after--to leave her scars behind.