Gemma is 16 and traveling with her parents when she runs into Ty at the airport while getting coffee. Even though she felt like something was off, she sits down with him and this leads to the rest of the story. Ty ends up getting her out of Bangkok and to some desert area in Australia.
The author does a great job of conveying Gemma’s evolving feelings throughout the novel. She is a normal teenage girl that happens to be in an out of the ordinary situation. Surprisingly Ty’s goal was to “save” her and he was completely convinced that bringing her to this place was the way to do it. As a reader, you know he did something completely wrong by taking Gemma but by reading the letter through her voice, I was brought into the story and could see her feelings and the way she saw Ty changing.
That spoiler may get a bit of disagreement but it is what it is. This was in no way a “feel good” story about a boy and girl falling in love…please keep that in mind. This is a story about a girl who is taken from her family and goes through something horrible. She fights and does what ever she can to get back to her family and it is clear (and implied) that she is experiencing a bit of Stockholm Syndrome toward Ty.
This story was beautifully written and I enjoyed it. I do feel a bit like I didn’t get any closure by not finding out what happened after the letter was completed but not so much that it had a negative impact on the story.