Sara Gathers is just seven years old when the aliens resembling giant cicadas first come for her. After each terrifying appearance, they wipe Sara's memory clean. But since the first abduction she has been afraid of dark places and buzzing insects. Now 28 years old, Sara Parker works as a nurse and has been happily married to Tom Parker for five years. When a handsome stranger appears in the forest behind her home on the outskirts of Rapid City, South Dakota, she is confused by her attraction for him.
Bullying is a huge problem today and people often do not realize the impact their actions have on the lives of others. The Ketchup Incident, inspired by a true event stemming from a bully, was written to help people, especially children, understand that even things that seem trivial to themselves can have bad outcomes on the lives of others. It is a short story designed to make people think. Although The Ketchup Incident might seem sad, there are valuable lessons to be gained.