At the peak of her success with Co-dependent No More, Melody Beattie's life was turned upside-down by the death of her 12-year-old son. Her world shattered, for 18 months Beattie drew into a dark cave of despair. She couldn't think of one good reason to keep going. Then, gradually, she began to recognize that we always have a choice between succumbing to despair and embracing life. And, slowly, she learned that a passion for living can not only be reawakened but can also flourish against the greatest odds: we learn to approach what we have with great respect, to let go of that over which we have no control, and to love both in the moment - beyond the bounds of time and place.