Sunnydae Brightman is her mother’s daughter. Everyone says she is a dead ringer for her, even though she is not wild and uninhibited. Sunny has another set of DNA running through her, the genes that make her responsible and self-sacrificing. Discovering as an adult that she was a victim of custodial kidnapping has shaken her, but her loyalties are still to the woman who raised her.
With only a photograph in hand of a father she has never known, Sunny takes herself and her two sisters on a journey of discovery. She spent the first part of her life on the run, a quest she had been convinced was to keep her safe. The second part of her life had been on the fringes of strict religious and polygamy practices – again, it was her mother’s way of keeping her safe.
She has now thrust herself into a third phase of her life, a new environment, and a very different lifestyle. She has a father she has not known for seventeen years, but who wants to step in and be a father to her. She has relatives, some of whom she likes, and some of whom she despises. It is all very confusing; stifling and enlightening at the same time.
Now is not the best time to find the man of her dreams and her desires. Especially when he is a man who believes in the same principles Sunny wanted to leave behind her. She had left a community she believed to be the discipline capital of the world. Only now, she has discovered there are dominant men everywhere and she has run straight into a new batch of them. The one she has fallen for has no problem setting her backside on fire.
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Bakersfield, California, 2005
“Momma, why do we have to leave again? I don’t wanna leave.”
The woman sitting beside the little girl in the car was distracted and driving too fast. She kept looking in her rearview mirror. “Hush, Sunnydae. Momma’s doing what we need to do. We’re leaving because I need to keep you safe.”
“I like living in Bakersfield, Momma. I like my school, so why do I have to leave all my friends again?”
“Friends don’t give little girls a black eye!”
“Cody started it! He hit me first!”
“Yes, he did. However, his mother blamed you and complained to the school who contacted social services,” her mother answered nervously. “A woman called me and said she wanted to talk to us, but I can’t talk to her.”
“Why not? My teacher, Mrs. Jenkins, saw Cody hit me first. She can tell everyone he’s lying and we won’t have to move again!”
“Sunnydae, please. Momma is already upset. I don’t need you complaining. I’m taking you somewhere you’ll be safe.”
“Where’s that?” the little girl demanded in a peeved voice. “We keep moving and moving. You say it’s safe and then we have to move again. It’s not fair, Momma. Nowhere is safe!”
The woman pulled off to the shoulder of the road and cupped her daughter’s face in her hand. “Sunnydae, you are my life. I will do anything to keep you safe. You have to trust me, honey. We’re moving to a place called the Community where men and boys are taught to take care of women. The men there are not like the ones I have been dating. They are responsible men who look out for their families and children. Everyone loves and helps each other. It will be a little different for a while, but you’ll get used to it.”
“How different, Momma?”
“You’ll see, sweetheart. Different is not always a bad thing except some people misunderstand being different. We’ll meet very nice people who will help us. You’ll see. It will be a good place to live. There should be a little house waiting for us, if it’s still standing. My grandparents lived there and it’s where I grew up. My grandparents weren’t part of the Community, although we knew almost everyone there. People will remember me. I know Jacob will remember me and he is in a position to help us.”