There are many words to describe Nick More, but “kidnapper” isn’t one of them.
A modern-day Robin Hood, Nick steals from the scum of society and gives to those in need – until a routine raid brings him face to face with Armani, a neglected young girl who’s never known life outside her druggie mother’s walk-in closet.
In an instant, Nick’s life changes. Sneaking the overjoyed child to freedom, he brings her to his estranged sister Sophie – a woman still reeling from her own infertility. As sirens wail and Amber Alerts blare from the television, Nick and Sophie make a promise to each other. They will be the family Armani deserves.
Life with Armani is idyllic, but Nick soon grows restless. There are more children out there – children who are neglected, abused, or overlooked by a failing system. Believing himself to be called by God, Nick sets out to do what no honest citizen could ever accomplish: to free those children in need and deliver them to worthy families.
As Nick’s string of kidnappings become national news, his divinely-inspired efforts grow increasingly complicated – from rescuing children from sweltering parking lots and barricaded bedrooms, to stealing documents from Child Protection Services, to breaking into Fort Knox itself.
But with his newfound family put increasingly at risk, is Nick really the savior he believes himself to be? Or is he slipping into an obsessive self-righteousness that threatens to destroy everything he intended to protect?
Like My Own is a 77,000 word adult thriller that sets one man’s “divinely inspired” vigilantism against the very real injustices of the American child care system and modern parenting.