Rocky Roberts woke up one morning to find his mother was gone. She never came back.
The 12-year-old decided to take care of his two younger sisters. In the large city where they lived, he kept his sisters in the house to avoid the danger of gangs, which were beating up and harassing people who were homeless.
The boy had to risk himself by sleeping outside in a box so he could hear when soup kitchens opened and to obtain food for himself and his siblings. He dove into trash receptacles and stole to provide food between soup kitchen meals.