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MANIFEST DESTINY

MANIFEST DESTINY
By Christopher Joseph

GENRE: Western
LOGLINE:

Jackson Phoenix, an African-American male slave being delivered to a new owner with two other slaves, is suddenly thrust into a wild West gunfight, finding himself out of bondage and defender of this new frontier.   

SYNOPSIS:

In the uncharted Louisiana Territory that stretched from the current state of Texas to the Canadian border, the wild West ruled the late 1880s United States of America. Four African-American male slaves being delivered to a new owner constructing new trails for the California gold rush, find themselves thrust into a wild West gunfight. Their driver dead and with chaos all around them, they literally fall out of bondage directly into the violence. Forced for the first time to defend themselves, Jackson Phoenix is the first to rise to the challenge, brandishing a revolver and killing thieving murderous highwaymen. The grateful townspeople of Hidden Springs are generous to the new heroes as local nurse Agnes Vance extends her home and help to the trio. Finding power in the revolver and newfound confidence Jackson has re-branded him the Phoenix by local friendly Cheyanne alliances. The town committee of surviving residents, a peg-legged Pastor Mathias, blind mortician Thomas Calhoun, and his racist daughter Cadence, with schoolteacher Siobhan McKenzie, votes him in as their new sheriff as all of the able-bodied men are now deceased. Also finding their purpose in their new surroundings, are the surviving two men who re-brand themselves Cleophus Smith and Castin Jones. Faced with obstacles, such as navigating the new climate of a dog eat dog west, violent highwaymen, unfriendly Native Americans, un-navigated terrain, and defensive wildlife, the new cowboys go on a journey to collect their bounty and stake their claim in an entirely new world.

Nathaniel Baker

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