On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in
the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed
in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March
12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life. Now for the first time, in her memoir, MY
STORY, she tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised
a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Smart
explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors
at their trial and see that justice was served. In the nine years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate,
travelling the country and working to educate, inspire and foster change. She has created a foundation to help prevent crimes
against children and is a frequent public speaker.
In 2012, she married Matthew Gilmour, whom she met doing mission work
in Paris for her church, in a fairy tale wedding that made the cover of People magazine.