‘I don’t blame others for my problems. I stand on my own. And one day, you’ll see, I’m going to make something of myself.’
These words were eighteen-year-old Dave Pelzer’s declaration of independence to his mother, a woman who had abused him with shocking brutality. But even years after he was rescued, his life remained a continual struggle. Dave felt rootless and awkward, an outcast haunted by memories of his years as the bruised, cowering ‘It’ locked in his mother’s basement.