This book is based on the first hand accounts of a nun, government officials and abducted girls ranging in age from 9-13. The girls were abducted from their dorm room in the middle of the night and forced to become soldiers and the concubines of male commanders in the Ugandan rebel group, Lords Resistance Army, which has been waging a war on Uganda and anyone perceived to support the government since 1986.
It begins approximately at the point of the abduction and goes through the several years of Sister Rachel's tireless and courageous journey to have the children returned to their families. Sister Rachel's efforts brought the Aboke girls into the international spotlight and highlighted the plight of children abducted and forced to give up their childhood for a cause they know little to nothing about.
While the book lacks a bit substantively, the story is quite compelling and is certainly worth reading for anyone who is interested in the complexities of the issue of child soldiers.