Fast forward... ten years later. Sommerkamp (yes, that's his real name) was one of the kid protagonists. He has abandoned evangelical Christianity, living with a group of spiritual seekers in Mount Shasta, California. His split from the evangelical world happening when his father came out as gay. He says he spent several years angry at the church, but has since discovered peace in eastern mysticism, quantum mechanics, and psychotropic drugs. "Was it child abuse? Yes and no," he said in a recent interview, about his time at Kids on Fire church camp. "I think they had the best of intentions, but I see it as sick people trying to treat sick people. It's their coping mechanism for figuring out why we're alive. I wouldn't trade that experience for anything, though, because it allowed me at such a young age to question my existence."