"In this searing novel, Hawke follows Razaq through his ordeal, including his quest to find his uncle Javaid in a city that becomes his cage...Hawke convincingly shows how memories of the dead, love for his friend Tahira, and an unbreakable hope all give Razaq strength to transcend suffering. Eventually, he finds his 'inner light' by remembering who he is: a fearless mountain wolf." -Booklist
"Telling her story in the third person, Hawke is unflinching and explicit in her descriptions of Razaq's experiences with forced labor, sexual exploitation and violence. Readers will be drawn into Razaq's predicament, and they will admire his mountain-wolf–like determination to survive. This riveting story depicts the heartbreaking lives of children caught in a harsh world of trafficking and prostitution." -Kirkus Reviews
Fourteen-year-old Razaq Khan lives in the Pakistani tribal area of Kala Dhaka, Black Mountain. When an earthquake devastates his family home, Razaq’s dying father tells him to travel to his uncle Javaid. A man preying on orphans lures Razaq to the city with the promise of finding his uncle. But it is not long before Razaq realizes he has not been helped at all—he has been sold into slavery.
Losing hope while in captivity, Razaq meets Tahira, a young girl suffering just like him. Razaq feels a surge of something new–love. Author Rosanne Hawke delivers a heart-wrenching story about friendship and sacrifice and the power of the human spirit, a mountain wolf’s spirit, to overcome sexual exploitation, the most harrowing of circumstances.