In the 1960s, seventeen-year-old Melinda leaves an abusive home for San Francisco, meets the charismatic Henry, and follows him to his desert commune where sex and drugs are free, but soon his "family" becomes violent against rich and powerful people and she is compelled to join in.
Micol Ostow has been writing professionally since 2004, and in that time has written and/or ghostwritten over 40 published works for young readers. Her novel, Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa, was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother) was named a 2009 Booklist Top Ten Arts Books for Youth Selection, a Booklist Top Ten Religion Books for Youth Selection, and a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. She received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and currently teaches a popular young-adult writing workshop through Media Bistro. She lives and works in New York City, alongside her Emmy Award-winning husband, Noah Harlan, and a French bulldog named Bridget Jones--who is thoroughly unimpressed by either one of them. Visit her at www.micolostow.com.