Trek Baden has moved out of the inner-city apartment complex and into a brand new home in Missouri City, Texas - a suburb of Houston. Convinced that she will finally meet "better" people in the suburbs, Trek befriends Rhodee, a 14-year-old who is dating a 20-year-old man, and who loves to skip school, smoke weed, etc. But Rhodee is carrying a secret: her dad's best friend is molesting her and paying her to keep quiet. Does that mean their sexual hookup is "consensual"?
- Trek Baden is now 12-years-old and living in the suburbs of Houston where she believes she will encounter "a better crop of people." Unfortunately, her new best friend and neighbor is Rhodee, a 14-year-old who dates a 20-year-old. Rhodee regularly skips school and smokes weed. She is also carrying a secret: her dad's best friend is molesting her and paying her to keep quiet.
Trek tries to be a positive influence on Rhodee instead of being drawn into her chaos. However, Rhodee's chaos needs more than the love and commitment of her best friend. Her situation must be exposed. But will that do more harm than good?
"Secret Shame" is the second installment of a four-part series of the coming-of-age journey of Trek Baden.