This novel elucidates what a difficult struggle it is for abused or abandoned children who are wards of the state to gain successful placements in foster homes or, even better, to be adopted by a loving family. The children's future is at stake, based on efforts by both the children and adults which frequently involves setbacks and heartbreaks. This is a psychologically sophisticated tale that vividly illustrates the difficulties faced by all parties concerned. The children's search for secure attachment and cohesive identity, the care-givers hopes and frustrations, and the legal authorities mix of human compassion with blindness and bias, are all portrayed in a convincing fashion. It is therefore easy for readers to empathize with the protagonists whether children or adults. All this turn this novel into a heart-touching story and an artistic success.