(ABC NEWS) -- Twenty years after Katie Beers was rescued from a catacomb beneath the home of her captor, she is telling her story.
Her 17-day ordeal when she was only 10 years old, isolated and abused in the dungeon of John Esposito, a family acquaintance, is chronicled in her new book, "Buried Memories: Katie Beers' Story."
In a shocking quote, Beers said, "[It was] the best thing that happened to me," she told the Associated Press.
Beers' rescue saved her from the abuse, sexual and emotional, she suffered at home, she said.
Placed with a loving foster family in East Hampton. N.Y., she had a stable upbringing out of the spotlight. She went to college, got married and had two children.
Now living in Pennsylvania and working in insurance sales, Beers said she's happy with her life.
But Beers' rescue was a close call. The dungeon beneath John Esposito's home was so thoroughly concealed it went undetected by authorities until he confessed.
Click here to see the secret compounds that went unnoticed, and the victims who had to find another way out.