Quite a journey, that!
Remember I recently read Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer? Well consider this from Adult Christianity — and it is a fair representation of Krakauer’s book:
It’s been known for years that there exist fundamentalist men who raise young girls in isolation, limit their education, and when these girls reach puberty assign them to be married to an older man in the community. These girls are then raped and forced to bear as many children as they can. The men they are married to may already have dozens of “wives,” or more, and dozens of children. At the same time, in an effort to limit competition with the privileged elders, teenaged boys, with the same limited education and experience as the girls, are forced out of the community to fend for themselves in an unfamiliar world—that of Utah and Arizona and the rest of the United States.