This book is not a true story, but things that happen in the story were part of life for slaves. It made me aware of how much slaves really suffered, although i will never truly know what it feels like. No one under the age of 13 or 14 should read this because of the violence and sexual matter. Most of an African village is slaughtered. Slaves are whipped, beaten, branded, forced into unlivable circumstances, a slave's child is forced to be 'crocodile bait' but isn't harmed. Women are stripped down and forced to dance for the enjoyment of a slave ship's crew. Sailors aboard the ship choose black women to rape. Slaves jump off the side of the ship because life is too painful for them. The main character, Amari is bought by Mr. Derby as a birthday present for his son, Clay. Clay is 16, and he rapes Amari for his enjoyment all the time, but only one or two occasions are spoken of. No descriptions are given in the rapes of anyone. A slave is shot after Mr. Darby discovers that the slave was the father of the child mrs. Darby gives birth to, then shoots the newborn child. Eventually, amari and a couple other slaves escape to freedom. Just after arriving at their new home where they will be free, amari discovers she is pregnant with clay's child, and Amari is only 15. I cried at several points in this book, it was very meaningful, and a learning experience. Amari gets through a lot of tragedy and overcomes fear. She is an incredibly courageous person.