A summary of the verse book "Sold" by Patricia McCormick.
By Patricia McCormick
Exposition: In her hometown in Nepal, Lakshmi deals with the struggles of poverty and the objectification of women in her village's culture.
Simply to suffer... is to triumph"
Rising Action: Lakshmi is tricked into prostitution by her own father and a store owner, thinking she would get a job as a maid. When she finds out, she is horrified.
Rising Action: The greedy owner makes Lakshmi stay in the prostitution business by deceiving her. Lakshmi hopes to pay off her ever-increasing "debt" by forcing herself to become integrated with the business, despite her misery.
"I hurt. I am torn and bleeding where the men have been." ... "No one can hear me. Not even the gods."
Climax: Lakshmi risks bravery and runs down the steps toward her freedom. Falling action: Mumtaz is arrested.
"Something inside me breaks open, and I run down the steps."
Resolution: Lakshmi introduces herself to the Americans, leaving the readers to assume she is safe hands now.
"My name is Lakshmi... I am from Nepal. I am fourteen years old.