A mother whose child is missing goes against the corrupt and powerful L.A.P.D. Christine's 9-year old son Walter has gone missing. The L.A.P.D., which is very dirty and wants to polish its image, reunites her with a boy months later, however the boy is not Walter. Christine refuses to believe that the boy living with her is her son so she continues her search on her own, while defying and lambasting the L.A.P.D. for this charade. To keep her quiet, the cops take her to a mental hospital, deeming her insane. She is held there against her will, tortured, and medicated. She learns that other women in the hospital are victims of the police, and they are taken there to be "shut up." Meanwhile, a detective Lester has a lead about a missing child at a ranch in Riverside. There he meets a teen boy Sanford, and interrogates him . The boy says that the owner Northcott and him would kidnap boys and take them back to the ranch. When there are too many of them, Northcott kills them and Sanford would bury them. Lester asks about Walter, and Sanford is shown a picture of him and recognizes him. At this time, Northcott is now on the run to Canada. When news reports break out about the bodies at the ranch, Christine is released from the hospital. With the help of a pro-bono lawyer, she helps mount a case against the L.A.P.D. and wins. Northcott is apprehended and sentenced to be hanged. Christine meets with him before the execution but he does not talk about what happened to Walter. Years later, Christine is informed of a missing boy found from the ranch. The boy knew Walter, and they were one of a few who escaped and went their separate ways. Upon learning this, Christine feels hope anew.
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Best part of story, including ending:
It's a mother's heartbreaking quest to find her son and how she fights with her might to know the truth.
Best scene in story:
The discovery of the Northcott ranch.
Opinion about the main character:
Christine is brave, headstrong, and won't give up.