A girl from a small, rural North Carolina mountain community faces the challenges of growing up in a severely dysfunctional family. Kat is one of 6 children born to parents with an eighth grade education. Kat's mama is hard-working and long suffering, while Kat's father is a troubled alcoholic. Statistically, Kat should not have been able to rise above her raisings, but she manages to triumph over violence, betrayal and ignorance to live a life that she had dared not dream. This riveting memoir reads like fiction, but Kat lived every moment of it.