A young girl fights to overcome her past after escaping rape, bullying, and prostitution.
Shante Clemmons—also known as Butterfly—is a mature-looking, fifteen-year-old foster home reject, who is tossed into the street in the middle of the night after being falsely accused of sleeping with her foster care father. She falls asleep behind a well-lit club only to be awakened by a huge intimidating man who offers her a job as a dancer.
Butterfly becomes the most popular dancer in the club until she decides that she is ready to focus on her education. The upset owner of the club demands she pays up on an old debt or suffer the consequences. It ends in a physical altercation, and Butterfly flees for her life. As fate would have it, she ends up in the care of her estranged father’s ex-prison cellmate, Dr. Johnny Forrester, who takes Butterfly under his roof to fulfill a promise he made to her father. With much dismay, Butterfly moves into the Forresters’ home. Despite her many obstacles, she is determined to survive her senior year of high school and then go to college—but will she be able to overcome her obstacles and reach her goals?
Sylvester Stephens is an author and playwright who performs motivational speaking engagements to motivate youths and encourage literary awareness. His books include Butterfly, Our Time Has Come, The Nature of a Man, The Nature of a Woman, and The Office Girls. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.