Carolyn Jessop was born into the FLDS. She was lucky in that her parents were decent people and her father only had one wife during her earliest years. Later, however, he took a second wife. Her main trouble in life began when she was forced at age 18 to marry a man 31 years older who already had three wives. Her husband, Meryl Jessop, was not so nice as her father was. This man played favorites with his wives, making the others into slaves who took care of all of the children. He continued to take on more wives and have more and more children. While he took his favorite wife on trips, the others were to take care of his thirty or so children. There was a point in her life with him that he provided no food for the huge family and they were literally starving, although he continued to take trips. Once when he decided he would take them all on a road trip to California, they rented a bus to carry the thirty or so children while he drove in a car with his favorite wife. After a gas station stop, they accidentally left one child behind and nobody noticed he was missing. The gas station workers notified authorities and eventually the Jessop's were contacted about this child they never knew they had left behind. Carolyn ended up having 8 children by Jessop, but it was the last child that actually helped her to escape. This child was quite ill, and needed to be hospitalized. Her husband refused to have the baby treated or taken to a hospital. Carolyn enlisted the support of her mother and her mother took the baby to the hospital during the night. When Carolyn was in the hospital with her baby she was amazed at how kind everyone was. The staff seemed to genuinely care, when her own husband did not. She had been brainwashed her entire life that the outside world was evil. Her husband was friends with Warren Jeffs and under his influence; they both believed that they could do anything that they wanted, could marry girls who were only teens and could treat their wives and children with disrespect and often, cruelty. This was an excellent memoir, and Carolyn's account of her escape when she was in her thirties, with 8 children in tow, was harrowing, breathtaking and you felt like shouting in triumph when she made it safely and was free at last. This memoir leaves you feeling shocked that this type of thing exists in our country. They took boys who had never used a telephone, or seen a television and dropped them off on the highway to get rid of them. They married off girls at 13 or 14 years old. This is child abuse. After reading this book you realize it is not a choice for these girls to be married into bigamy. They are forced into it. This is slavery and child abuse. It has nothing to do with marriage as we know it in our country and culture. This book will make you angry.