I just got this book in the mail today. It came out in Europe long ago, but I pre-ordered it from amazon, and it just arrived. This is the story of Natascha Kampusch, of Europe. She is a missing child who actually managed to escape after eight years of captivity. This is what the back cover says:
On March 2, 1998, ten-year-old Natascha Kampusch was snatched off the street by a stranger and bundled into a van....
Hours later she found herself on the cold floor of a fifty-square-foot dungeon in a house that would be her home for the next eight years. When she emerged from captivity in 2006, having survived one of the longest abductions in recent history, her childhood had come and gone.
Now Natasche Kampusch tells her extraordinary story for the first time. She was starved, beaten, and treated as a salve, sleeping in a dungeon-like basement and being forced to work for her deranged tormentor. But she never forgot who she was -- and she never gave up hope of returning to the world. She writes about how she refused to surrender to despair, and how she learned to manipulate her captor and managed to escape.
Ultimately, Natascha's account of her experience is about the triumph of the human spirit, and how, through an ordeal of almost unbearable hopelessness, she emerged against inconceivable odds -- with her heart and soul intact.
There is hope.