Author of Extraordinary Circumstances:  Based on the true story of a Landmark Custody Battle and Parental Abduction Survivor

Overview of Extraordinary Circumstances

At the age of nine, Scott Berne's childhood teetered on the edge of a precipice. His parents' nasty divorce and the painful custody battle that followed created an upheaval unlike anything he'd ever known. But when his mother's precarious mental health led the judge to give sole custody of Scott and his younger brother to his father, the unthinkable happened-Harriet Berne kidnapped her two boys.

Extraordinary Circumstances shares the tumultuous true story of what became one of the first test cases of parental abduction in the United States under the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act. With remarkable candor and insight, Scott recalls the terror, fear, and despair he experienced as his mother moved him and his brother through five countries and thirteen residences in an attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities. 

The case attracted national and international media and legal attention after their dramatic capture in 1981. For years to come, the ordeal continued for Scott as he dealt with emotional wounds far worse than any physical pain. Yet he refused to succumb to pity, and he became determined to share his story with those suffering a similar fate. 

With a unique mixture of childhood innocence and adult sensibility, Extraordinary Circumstances explores Scott's dramatic journey from victim to victor.

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Television cameras capture Dale Berne escorting his long lost sons Mark and Scott through the airport in Rochester, NY, moments after seeing them for the first time in two years (September 1981)

"In 'Extraordinary Circumstances,' Scott Berne shares a riveting account of his experiences as a survivor of parental abduction from the unique perspective of a 10 year old boy.  This true life story is not to be missed as Scott takes the reader on a journey that few have had the courage to speak about, but that countless children have experienced and continue to experience to this day."

- Ed Suk, Executive Director, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/NY Branch
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