She's been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she's been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last. Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they've given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do???or see???that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all of the Suits' rules???and her dad's silence. If he won't help, it's time she got some answers for herself. But Meg isn't counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who's too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there's only one rule that really matters???survival.
Seventeen-year-old Meg Jones (not her real name) and her family are in the witness protection program, and they've changed towns six times in less than a year, each move bleaker and more debilitating than the last. Meg's mother is an alcoholic, her father is depressed and secretive, and her 11-year-old sister is having trouble coping with all of the change. Fed up, Meg wants out of the program and will do anything to save her family, including digging up what her father did to get them into this mess. After ignoring her instincts and letting a cute Louisiana farm boy into her life, Meg becomes even more resolved to stay put. Surprises aplenty await readers in this high-stakes thriller, Elston's debut. After Meg discovers the real reason her family went into hiding (which some readers may find disappointing after all of the buildup), her efforts to set things right strain credibility. For those drawn in by the story's action and mysteries, Elston leaves the door open for a sequel. Ages 12 up.