When Linda Burden was five years old, her adopted parents came home with a new baby. The baby was not born to Linda's parents; much as they had done with Linda and her brother, the Burden parents had adopted the tiny child. This tiny child was now Linda's little sister, and they named her Alison. They appeared to have a charmed life, but there was nothing charming about it. Linda and Alison's parents were still mourning the deaths of their two biological children. Their father was an alcoholic, and their mother was having an affair. This difficult upbringing drew Linda and Alison together as more than just adopted sisters; they became friends-best friends-who would survive a painful childhood to become adults on very different life paths. Linda took a high road; Alison, suffering from psychological illness, found herself on a low road. Alison's life devolved into one of alcoholism and anorexia. Linda would become her only hope for salvation. In this true life account of sibling love and devotion, Linda watches her sister's weight drop to sixty-five pounds, and-before it's too late-she must convince Alison that she is beautiful. Despite their differing DNA, Linda and Alison are linked by love, and it is love they need most of all.