Victoria is going to visit her dad, and her mother lets her take the train by herself. Her mom gives her money to spend if she needs anything. She gets on the train and there is this little boy who is with this young mother and they are sitting behind her. The mother gets off the train and leaves her baby there with no supervision. The train takes off. Victoria feels she needs to take care of the baby because no one else is going to. Victoria finds out that the child has bruises and marks on his body, and he is very dirty all over. She uses her money to take care of him and to get him diapers and other supplies. Her dad is not waiting for her at the station, and she remembers how her dad has always been late or never shows up at her baseball games. She decides to keep riding the train all the way to somewhere far away. The police are with her dad and they are trying to find her and this baby. Victoria comes to realize that the reason she keeps running away on the train and riding it to wherever it goes is because that’s how she wants her dad to treat her. He’s never been there for her like she wants to be there for the baby.
I really liked and enjoyed this book! I could kind of relate to how she was feeling and the things she was going through. It’s your instinct to take care of someone--especially if you feel as though you haven’t been properly taken care of. I would definitely recommend this book for others to read. Its like the story is unfolding before you and you are actually in it. What stood out for me is that this girl had the heart for someone else’s baby, and she took the time, had the patience, and gave him the love that he was looking for. What she learned along the way is that it was also what she was wanting from her dad.
Recommended for grades 9-12.