Taylor lives a troubled life with her mother. She runs away and steals a car. Her father convinces authorities to put her in a "therapeutic boarding school", Sunny Meadows.
Already stressed Taylor sees the fence and guards as they arrive. She suddenly realizes Sunny Meadows is a maximum-security facility. Angry with her father for sending her to this place she immediately feels trapped. His last words to her are"Your anger is bigger than you ". He leaves and at once she can barely breathe.
Her only thought is to run, to escape Sunny Meadows. Run is a common theme for this story. Running is how Taylor deals with her feelings and problems. She makes plans. In the meantime, she deals with bullies and quirky friends.
Eventually, she realizes the only way out is to pretend and go along with the game. Then she will run.
"Counting Backwards" portrays one girl's journey through a psychiatric correctional facility revealing her emotions and reactions to her fellow inmates and those who are there to help her.