Everyone in Washington knows Madeleine and Jack Hunter.
Maddy is an award-winning TV anchorwoman. Jack is the head
of her network, an adviser to the President on media
issues. To the world, theirs is a storybook marriage. Two
brilliant careers. A long, loving partnership. But behind
the locked doors of their lush Georgetown home, a very
different story emerges. For as Maddy's career soars, a
bitter edge has crept into Jack's words, a pattern of
subtle put-downs, control, and jealousy that Maddy has
always tried to ignore and deny. For Maddy, there are no
bruises, no scars, only the daggers of fear, humiliation,
and isolation. Their effect as powerful as the gun, the
knife, or the fist, the wounds as deep. Through hard work,
long years, and with Jack's help, Maddy has become a role
model and a star. It seems impossible to believe that a
woman the nation idolizes lives in degradation and fear.
Only Maddy knows the terror in her heart. Her secrets are
well kept, sometimes even from herself.
Maddy's journey to healing begins when the President's
wife offers an extraordinary opportunity, the chance to
join her newly formed Commission on Violence Against
Women. There, Maddy hears chilling stories from terrified
wives and girlfriends that sound eerily familiar. And
there she comes to know Bill Alexander, a distinguished
scholar and diplomat who also works on the commission.
Bill suspects that something is terribly wrong in Maddy's
marriage and begs her to open her eyes. And as Maddy
slowly, painfully takes the first steps toward freedom, as
she and Bill grow closer, a remarkable series of events
begins to unfold...a stranger from Maddy's past suddenly
reappears...White House headlines bring the nation to a
standstill...and a devastating tragedy occurs, forcing
Maddy to realize just how much she has lost and how much
has been taken from her--her confidence, her trust, her
self-respect. As she is faced with the most difficult
choice of her life, Maddy's extraordinary journey comes to
a close, and with it comes a strength she never knew she
had and a gift she never could have expected--a gift that
will change her life forever.