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MISSION SANTA CRUZ
By James Dougherty

GENRE: Adventure
LOGLINE:

A group of spies is sent to locate an ancient Christian cross thought to be lost to history but rediscovered in the mountains of Santa Cruz. 

SYNOPSIS:

In about the year of 1600 an exploring expedition lead by Captain Gaspar De Portola of the Spanish Army set out with a group of soldiers from Baja California and traveled north by foot to what is today modern-day Santa Cruz. Along the expedition route two crosses were planted. One of those was planted along Santa Cruz Creek. Captain Portola returned to Mexico but promised the men left behind that a galleon would arrive to relieve them of their duties of protecting the cross and take them home to Mexico.

But the ship sank in a storm and the men remained in Santa Cruz until death, still protecting the cross. The cross although protected behind the walls of a fortress built by the expedition was forgotten and lost to history. In the year 2000, a Vatican researcher uncovered records stored deep in a basement the vault the records of the expedition and the cross they planted in Santa Cruz. This cross was not just another cross. It was a historic relic from the Crusading period which was sent to the New World to prevent it from falling into Muslim hands.

Vatican officials immediately organized a cadre of historians and scientist. The cadre arrived in Santa Cruz; this was be confirmed. But were never heard from again. A second expedition was organized but again dropped off from contact. Now the Vatican has put together an elite group of spies and backed by a special forces unit to travel to Santa Cruz to locate, secure and bringing this most important relic.

Upon arriving to Santa Cruz, the group located a castle in which they were told the cross was stored. The spies entered the castle and were immediately pinned down by an enemy they could not see. The special forces group launched a rescue effort wearing specially made goggle which allowed them to see the ghosts only to discover the enemy could only be killed with weapons from their era, swords. Forewarned, the soldiers brought swords with them but were never less outclass in their use.

The soldiers were able to eventually overcome the ghost soldiers and captured the cross, taking it out by helicopter through a hole blow in the castle roof. The ghosts followed the cross to a ship anchored off the coast and demanded its return to the castle. A special team of Vatican negotiators arrived and negotiated the surrender of the cross so it could be taken to the Vatican. Now the cross is on display within the walls of the Vatican for all to see. Still protected by the ghosts who chose to remain its protectorate.

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