The Academy: Ghost Bird series in a different look at the very beginning. Read Introductions with a whole new perspective--the boys'.
Nathan Griffin's entire life has been about protecting himself. After his mother ran away to save herself, his father turned his attentions to Nathan. His critical, booze-fueled attentions. That kind of abusive attention was the last thing Nathan needed.
When he joined the Academy, it changed his life. Now he's finally settled in a place where he can be himself, not be wary and afraid all the time, and sometimes even feel completely normal.
One day he discovers Sang Sorenson. She's stuck in a fallen tree and he's instantly drawn to help her. She's not only sweet and adorable, but she's brave and daring, traits Nathan absolutely admires.
The more he hangs out with her, the more comfortable he gets around her. The more he wants to know her and let her know him. There's a growing sense of familiarity he's only gotten from his friends, other boys who have been abused and broken. Could she be like him? There's something off with her and he worries about her background and her past.
If she'd only tell him what it is, he'd fix it. He knows he could. He'd do anything if she'd just give him the chance.