This true story that reads like fiction was penned by the daughter of a very mentally ill mother. Despite the incredible weath that surrounds her, mom is not satisfied. It falls to Wendy to watch out not only for herself, but for her younger sister as mom smokes, drinks, abuses drugs, and attempts suicide multiple times. One stable influence in Wendy's life is the housekeeper/nanny who cares for the children deeply and tries to protect them from what is going on around them. Unfortunately, in a fit of anger, she is fired and the children are left without the one stable adult in their lives. Mom's story is also a sad one of being dropped off at an orphanage and then being adopted and being thrilled to be chosen amongst all the children to finally have a home. However, the fantasy soon turns to a nightmare on the very same day she is adopted. How this influences her life choices later and her coldness and hugely negectful approach to her children is covered. This book is hard to read in that it will touch you deeply as you feel the wretched life these children have, despite having the money to buy anything they want. However, money can't buy love.