Author(s): Sarah Elaine Smith
'We didn't know where to search and it was summer vacation anyway - but that wasn't the reason nobody looked for Jude.'One summer, a teenager disappears from Deep Valley, Pennsylvania. Jude, nicknamed Marilou, is beautiful, intelligent and mixed race. The alarm is raised, the cops search for her - but not as hard as they would if she were a white girl.Watching this drama unfold is Cindy, a younger girl from a poor and chaotic family, living up in the woods on the edge of town. She has idolized Jude for years, yearning for her glamour, her popularity, her loving home and decent chance in life. And so, in the absence of anyone to give a damn where she goes or what becomes of her, Cindy starts to slip out of her own skin and into the space which Jude left behind. . .