In this true story, set in 1983, a twenty-five-year-old New Zealander has abandoned the faith of her Catholic forefathers and joined a controversial movement her family, and nearly everyone else, believes is a dangerous cult: The Unification Church. Her desperate parents hire American deprogrammers who have her abducted and held prisoner in a remote beach house where they hope she will renounce her new faith as well as the arranged marriage that resulted from it.
Meanwhile her church friends go to extraordinary lengths to find her. After local police dismiss the issue as a family matter, ongoing tensions between cops and "Moonies" erupt into national headlines.
Questions arise about the deprogramming. Is it justified, because cults are despicable, or is it a gross violation of personal freedoms? Is it kidnapping, or is it rescue? Don't miss this provocative, authentic memoir that is both coming-of-age story and contemporary spiritual journey.
Maree Gauper's debut about a sincere young woman in disturbing circumstances addresses issues of religious intolerance and police indifference with intelligence, sassy humor and gut-wrenching honesty.