After escaping an abusive relationship, Terrill adopts a wolfdog pup, hoping that the hybrid's wild independence will rub off on her. At the same time, she finds a new sense of security in her new boyfriend. Neither relationship turns out to be as stable as she hoped. The wolfdog incorrigibleness results in chronic escapes, a destroyed apartment, terrorized neighbors, and several incarcerations in the pound. Meanwhile, financial irresponsibility on the part of her spouse and the strain of caring for a difficult animal wear on Terrill's marriage. As the author tries everything from obedience classes to electrified enclosures to restrain her pet, she also makes an effort to understand her wild wolfdog, exploring the science behind the biology, psychology, and evolution of dogs and wolves. A fascinating, compelling memoir that's very personal but also quite informative.