Little Calisto is only five years old. Her mother has just died from a tragic fall down the stairs. Calisto and her younger sister Monica are left with their loving father. It's not an ideal situation but it can be made to work if only the love of their father did not carry such a high price.
Philip Stewart is a man who loves his family, especially his dear Cali who looks so much like her mother. But what he has been taught about love from his demented and twisted mother is not what your average child learns. He loves little Cali every chance he gets.
Cali's life is turned upside down and yet for the sake of her sister she must endure the ridicule, the beatings and the rape or Monica will be next. Like most children she detaches her mind from the horror that her body must endure and yet her mind does not fracture instead it plots and plans and waits for the day when an opportunity will present itself.
Along the way Cali finds comfort with two people, little Connie who is the daughter of a Political refugee, and the wraith of Cali's own mother, Patricia. With her mother's council Cali is able learn how to outsmart her abusers and use their torture to improve her situation. The steadfast friendship of Connie gives Cali a rock to which she attaches her life line. With only these two things and an extraordinary strength of will to survive intact Cali braves a childhood of unspeakable horrors and finds a way to not only survive but to win.