New York :, Farrar Straus Giroux,, 2017.
x, 326 pages ; 22 cm cm
Here is the astonishing true story of Ricky Richard Anywar, abducted in 1989 at age fourteen by Joseph Kony's rebel army in the Ugandan civil war (one of Africa's longest-running conflicts). Ricky is trained, armed, and sent to battle government troops alongside his brutal kidnappers, but over his two and a half years of enslavement, he never stops dreaming of escape. Here also is the story, set twenty years later, of a fictional character named Samuel, a boy deathly afraid of trusting anyone ever again, and representative of the thousands of child soldiers Ricky has helped rehabilitate as founder of the internationally acclaimed charity Friends of Orphans. Working closely with Ricky himself, Keely Hutton has written a powerful, life-affirming novel about two young heroes' unbreakable spirit and indomitable courage in the face of unimaginable horror.