Meanwhile, young Collins was on the blessed fast track. It had long been assumed, she said, that she was destined to marry one of Moon's sons. At age 11, she was sent off to live in Korea. "Moon said I must learn the language of the fatherland and the spirit world, and fulfill my role as the first blessed child," she said.

After living in a strange culture for a year, Donna got sick, and was able to go back to stay with her parents, who were now working for the church in Germany. But at age 13, she was summoned back to Korea by Moon.

"I pleaded with my father not to send me back, but Moon told him something bad would happen to me if I didn't go," Collins said. "They took me back to the airport screaming."

Once in Korea, Collins, a teenager, began asking tough questions about what she saw in Moon's inner circle.

"He and his kids didn't live by the teachings. His sons would come in and swear all the time. They were having steaks flown in from America. I'd been eating rice and kimchee for three years and getting serious dysentery. It was a joke. I started asking myself, 'What is godly about all this?'"

Then the 13-year-old was called in for an audience with the messiah.

"He got livid that somebody would have the nerve to question him and screamed at me for 30 minutes. I was bawling and shaking uncontrollably. Then he'd hold my hand, and say, 'I am your parent. One day, you will be a great woman for God.' I calmed down and said, 'Thank you. Thank you.' And then I'd write in my diary about how great it was to be with the True Father."

But Collins had gotten the reputation as a rebel, not a good choice for the messiah's daughter-in-law. At 15, she went to live with her parents in New York, where they had been sent by the church.

For the first time in her life, she was going to an American high school and living a relatively normal existence. "I started to date and live a double life. I was just being an ordinary person, but I had to make up all these lies when people would ask what my dad did for a living, or why I lived in Korea and was named Young Oon."

It was a long process, but by the time she was 22 years old, Collins finally felt like she had put the Moonies behind her. After making the break, Collins began working on her parents. "I'd challenge them, asking, 'Why does he own all these villas and chateaus around the world and there are members of the church who don't have enough to eat, and need medical care?'"

Finally, her parents started the long process of separating themselves from Moon. But after decades of raising money for the church, Collins said, her parents suddenly found themselves living as impoverished senior citizens.

"They were left destitute for a while," she said. "They were used. A lot of people joined the church because they met people like my parents. Most members never meet Moon. But my parents were very charismatic. They laid the foundation for his church."

Collins now lives in the Phoenix suburbs with her husband, Jonathan, an Englishman she met after leaving the Moonies, and their two young children.

Her house is a temple to the classic American family, with the TV blaring in the living room and her daughter's playmates tumbling down the stairs. "This is exactly what I want--a normal life. We live and have fun and get into arguments, but my daughter knows I'm here for her every day," Collins said.

After staying with her and her husband for a while, her parents pulled up and moved to Australia. "My dad now believes Moon is the Son of Perdition--the Antichrist," she said.

"My parents still think the nuclear family is weird. To them, it's insignificant. After living on this roller coaster for so long, trying to save the planet every day of their lives, it's not that exciting to just live and be human."