The power of his love makes her decide to live and fight through the physical and emotional pain she knows will follow.Mia says she can feel bystanders at the crash site praying for her family.
As Kim sits in the hospital chapel, she notes the irony that emblems from so many different faiths line the walls.
She wonders why no Muslim or Buddhist representations appear.
In an out-of-body experience, Mia senses that Kim is talking to her, not God.
At 17, Mia is a gifted cellist who has a good shot at attending Julliard.
She, her former punk-rocker parents and her 7-year-old brother, Teddy, form a tight-knit, happy family.
But when they take an impromptu trip to visit friends one snowy morning, an oncoming truck hits their car.
Mia finds herself in a state somewhere between life and death.
From outside of her injured body, she witnesses the aftermath of the crash and the events in the hospital. Teddy makes it to the hospital but doesn't survive.
Between telling readers what she's seeing, Mia shares detailed anecdotes about her family and recounts her love story with a guitar player named Adam. Relatives and family friends hold a vigil in the waiting room.