Seventeen-year-old teenager Branca has a disturbed relationship with her mother. Emotionally unstable, the young woman ends up involved in a scandal at school. In an attempt to reduce tensions, Amanda, her mom, drops Branca off to spend some time with her grandfather on a farm, in Santa Catarina. Alone, Branca needs to handle her panic attacks—aftereffect of the trauma—and her enormous difficulty to trust people. After being hit over by Rafael while trying to run away from her grandfather’s home, she begins to make major changes in her life. Away from her old habits and activities to a broken foot, Branca begins to adjust to country life, producing artisan mountain cheese.
Gradually, she gradually figures out: Branca and Rafael have more in common than they could have imagined. JUST KEEP SILENT is a story of new beginnings: for a girl who was assaulted in the locker-room, for a disturbed boy incapable of being in a healthy relationship, for a man who once considered the idea of her daughter-in-law having an abortion, and for a granddaughter and a grandfather who have long been separated. This is a story that will echo in the hearts of thousands of young people, with the topics of rape and cyber violence against young boys and girls.
Publication/Status: On submission.