Chapter One - Gerald
"I ejected at 680 miles per
hour and was knocked unconscious by the
impact of the jet stream."
Chapter Two - Jackie
"Thirty minutes into the flight,
three men stood up with guns and grenades."
Chapter Three - Drew Pearson
"In just over one month, my
charmed life had been turned upside down."
Chapter Four - Brenda
"I ran to the door and found
a police officer standing on my front porch."
Chapter Five - Chuck
"I was living a fantasy life
that seems unreal to all except those who
have lived it."
Chapter Six - Nora Lopez
"I saw the barrel of a rifle
pointing out of a car that had pulled up
Chapter Seven - Robert
"I quit that day, horrified
that my secret might become known."
Chapter Eight - M'liss & Chuck
"The abuse started on the first
night of our honeymoon, and got worse over
time, culminating with Chuck taking a rifle
Chapter Nine - John Hiller
"I sat down at the table and
lit a cigarette, and then it felt as if
someone was sitting on my chest."
Chapter Ten - Geraldine
"Gerry, I hope you are serious,
as you are taking a man's place you know."
Chapter Eleven - Mitch
"I had been released or put
on waivers five times in two years."
Chapter Twelve - Jason
"When I opened the door there
was a guy holding a gun. In Spanish, he
said that he was a guerrilla and told me
to come with him."
Chapter Thirteen - Janet
"I knew that being a woman
was irrelevant in terms of my ability to
race competitively, but no one else seemed
Chapter Fourteen - Bill Rinaldi
"It was billed as the greatest
political upset in Lackawanna County in
over a decade."
Chapter Fifteen - Bob Love
"I was alone, broke, and unable
to walk without a cane. I had neither a
job nor any prospect of getting one."
Chapter Sixteen - LuAn
"We were told that we would
never have children, and that Fred would
likely not live for more than five years."
Chapter Seventeen - William
"I was sentenced to 70 years
with the possibility of parole after
serving twelve years."
Chapter Eighteen - Jim
"I was an unemployed 32-year-old
with a tenth grade education and I owed
$90,000 to Revenue Canada."
Chapter Nineteen - Sarah
"There were many tense moments
during the five-hour surgery and the
Chapter Twenty - Mike
"Man, I wish I could take
that play back!"
Chapter Twenty-One - Patty
"I was in total disbelief
and shock. My son Jacob had been kidnapped."
Chapter Twenty-Two - Nicholas
"My biggest fear was being
in front of people."
Chapter Twenty-Three - W. Mitchell
"He seems so positive and
upbeat, but what is he going to do when
he realizes how terrible it is?"
Chapter Twenty-Four - Terry-Jo
"I would not have cared if
I had killed myself or anyone in my way."
Chapter Twenty-Five - Richard
"I had completely lost my sight."
Chapter Twenty-Six - Diane
"The business was in terrible
shape and should have been forced into
bankruptcy. We had to decide whether
or not to close it."
Chapter Twenty-Seven - Frank
"I was living on the streets
panhandling for money, staying at fifty-cent
flophouses, and struggling to get through
Chapter Twenty-Eight - Mary
"I had $100 bills falling
all over me, and I rolled in them screaming.
It was such a thrill!"
Chapter Twenty-Nine - John
"I lay for two days under
dead bodies before I was finally rescued."
Chapter Thirty - Leslie
"I felt total disbelief upon
finding out that I had breast cancer."
Chapter Thirty-One - Jim
"I looked up at guards with
machine guns staring down at me from
the thirty-foot high fences. I was pretty
sure this was the end."
Chapter Thirty-Two - Buck
"You have to learn to give