This was a tough read. It is amazing that the author survived many of the events that she was subjected to throughout her childhood. Having never gone to school until she was 17, she lived with her survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho and later went on to educate herself. She then tested high enough to be admitted to BYU. Her thirst for knowledge led her to eventually earn her PhD. Along the way the reality of her family’s issues come into focus for her and eventually lead her to sever the ties between herself and her parents. A sad story in that a child/teenager would grow up so isolated that they needed to take charge of their own learning and miss so many opportunities and access to an education at such a young age.