Amidst the war and genocide in the jungles of Guatemala, a visiting Psychoanalyst discovers a young teen chained inside a wooden box. The girl is mute and appears to be mentally damaged. After the pleas of her parents to take her away with him, Dr. Jerry Simpson takes the girl back to his home in Canada. Enlisting the help of his close friends and colleagues, he attempts to unlock the mystery of her past.
When the doctor is later found murdered by the girl, Jerry's long-time friend and lover, Caitlin, sets out to find why it happened and what went wrong.
I found this book to be very well researched, as evidenced by the author's thorough knowledge of the mental health community and the vivid descriptions of the settings used in this book. The question "Why?" will keep you turning the pages in this well-written psychological mystery.