Nine-year old Cassandra had been kidnapped and abused by her father for two years, and now lashed out at anyone who tried to befriend her. Four-year old Drake wouldn’t speak to anyone except his mother. And after suffering a stroke, the elderly Gerda refused to free herself from her self-imposed silence and crippling depression. All of these patients became a part of special education teacher Torey Hayden’s life when she left the classroom and moved to a new city to work in a psychiatric clinic. And though Torey had never given up on a patient, these three people would become the most difficult cases of her career, testing her will at every turn. At first Cassandra wouldn’t speak to Torey about her abduction and abuse, and when the patient teacher tried to bring it out of her, Cassandra reacted with screams and punches. Young Drake’s grandfather insisted on an impossible, stringent course of treatment that damaged his grandson and tore apart his family. And Gerda’s nurses tried to prevent Torey from seeing her, stalling the old woman’s treatment. Yet encouraged by small, startling breakthroughs, Torey persisted, eventually giving these three patients hope for a better future. Told with compassion, sensitivity, and humor, TWILIGHT CHILDREN is the story of one woman’s determination, three people’s struggles, and their amazing road to recovery.