'I'm leaving.' Dad's words come as a complete shock to Essie. How can he just walk out on her and the family, especially when Mom is pregnant? Essie keeps her dad's leaving a secret. Then Essie's classmate, Chris Crow, disappears, and everyone finds out he's been kidnapped. Is Chris okay? Is Dad ever coming back? Essie is left to wonder if people really have any control over what happens in their lives. Inspired by true events, 'Hold Me Tight' is a novel. An author's note provides further information about kidnapping and the Amber Plan programs that are in use today to help communities find abducted children.