Gemma : Gemma is a twelve-year-old girl who loves school and her pet turtle, Boxcar Julie. But she is also a girl whose mother's boyfriend, Buddy, has secretly abused her for years. Now Buddy's sold Gemma for one hundred dollars to his friend Hazen Wood, who throws her in the trunk of his car and rapes her repeatedly during a cross-country trek. A violent man who is convinced that Gemma loves him, Hazen will stop at nothing to possess her. Gemma tells herself that if Boxcar Julie can survive in the pocket of her jeans, she can survive as well. And, with a remarkable resilience that you won't soon forget, she does. Alternating between the voices of Gemma and Hazen, Meg Tilly brilliantly brings to life characters that you will think about long after you turn the final page.