A gritty tale of a Puerto Rican girl's traumas and triumphs. Surviving a violent childhood including rape, NEWYORICANGIRL shares her story of living with severe family dysfunction, substance abusing parents, painful assimilation and her subsequent PTSD diagnosis. Beginning with her childhood in the Bronx, she endures a turbulent life at the hands of her Puerto Rican mother and Jewish stepfather, while wishing her Boricua daddy would rescue her. Still, she becomes the first college grad in her Puerto Rican familia, while seeking to escape her family's increasing deterioration. When she becomes a mother herself, she realizes she must take dramatic steps to protect her children's future by moving far away. Just when she thought she'd overcome her traumatic past, she finds herself trapped and alone in NYC on 9/11. As she escapes, she has no idea that her life's cumulative trauma is about to catch up with her. This is the story of how NEWYORICANGIRL triumphs over tragedy.