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New York Pitch Assignments - December 2021
James Charles replied to Admin_99's topic in New York Write to Pitch 2022 and 2023A Tuscan Pirate’s Odyssey, by James Charles Historical Logline In seventeenth century Tuscany, Salvatore is banished to a life at sea by his father for fathering a child with a Jewish woman and must battle Caribbean pirates to get back to rescue his son from the inquisition.
New York Pitch Conference - September 2021
James Charles replied to Admin_99's topic in New York Write to Pitch 2022 and 2023Submitted by James Charles Story Statements Love should not sentence you to life as a pirate. Survive abduction by pirates to get back to the woman you love. Antagonist force In seventeenth century Tuscany, Salvatore’s father banishes him to a life at sea for fathering a child out-of-wedlock with a Jewish woman, Leah, who is forced by her father to marry a widower with children whom she does not love. Captured by Caribbean pirates, Salvatore must survive a life of piracy before attempting an escape to get back to Leah where he hopes to find that she still loves him. During her unhappy marriage and while taking care of her husband’s family and helping to run her father’s business, Leah secretly sets aside funds she later uses to sponsor her exceptional son’s education whom she is forbidden to see and make herself known to. After pen paling with Galileo Galilei, and while working in Florence with the support of Medici Duke Ferdinando II, their son, Pietro, develops revolutionary scientific treatises until Salvatore’s ruthless brother, the Bishop, turns him over to Papal inquisitional authorities who compel him to stand trial for heresy. While Leah fights to free Pietro, Salvatore fights for his life and to return home to confront his father, his brother the Bishop, and to find the woman he loves. Titles For Loving a Woman Quantum Entanglement of Hearts Comparables and Genre Historical Romance Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, by Diana Gabaldon A Pirate’s Love, by Johanna Lindsey Hookline In seventeenth century Tuscany, Salvatore is banished to a life at sea by his father for loving a Jewish woman and must battle Caribbean pirates, Spanish Conquistadors, and North African warlords to get back to the woman he loves. Inner Conflict After his capture and forced employment on board a cutthroat pirate ship, and so far from home, Salvatore wonders whether he should fight to go home at all because so much time has passed and Leah most certainly has moved on with her life, marrying and loving another. Secondary Conflict Furthermore, not only will his wealthy father disown him for his crime of passion, but after an unfortunate incident on board the merchant ship during his escape before his capture by pirates, Salvatore knows he will most certainly hang if he were to return home to Tuscany. Setting We begin in seventeenth century Medici-controlled Renaissance Tuscany where Leah, a young Jewish girl, gives birth to her, and Catholic Salvatore’s illegitimate son, Pietro. Shortly after Pietro’s birth, Salvatore is forced to sail to the Caribbean on his father’s merchant ship where he is captured by pirates. The ship ports in pirate-haven Port Royal, Jamaica, in Puerto Rico, and sails the Caribbean assaulting merchant ships while out-running Spanish Galleons. Later, Salvatore is marooned in Spanish Florida, where he at first is captured by Native Americans, then has to battle Conquistadors in St. Augustine. Subsequently, he makes it to Jamestowne, Virginia, eventually sailing on a supply ship on its return voyage to London. Thereafter, he earns enough money to book passage on a ship sailing to Naples, but is kidnapped and enslaved in Morocco. Finally, he makes it back to Tuscany to battle his brother the Bishop and the Roman Inquisitors who are holding his son on trial for heresy.