When Lavinia is four years old, her dad takes her to the scariest ride at the Melbourne Show. Before they get on, her big sister tells her, ‘If you get scared, press the red button to get off.’
It’s a set-up – there is no red button. Neither Lavinia nor her sister Mel can escape the ride. Or the father who threatens to kill them, in their home full of guns, junk and misery. Lavinia is desperate and gutsy, and she runs away. But the institutions that take her in don’t give love and security either. By adulthood she is tired of fighting for survival…until she finds her red button.
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