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FAREWELL TO FREEDOM
By Anita Waggoner

GENRE: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Western
LOGLINE: What Happens In Las Vegas Doesn't Necessarily Stay in Vegas!

SYNOPSIS:

Farewell to Freedom is a fictional story based somewhat on the author's personal life experiences. The main characters are Cheyenne Stevens a forty-seven year old socialite and Rowdy Harrison an Oklahoma cowboy. In Farewell to Freedom Cheyenne Stevens flees the heartbreak of a failing marriage to Las Vegas where she meets a cowboy named Rowdy Harrison. The journey begins during the National Finals Rodeo. Cheyenne finds love with the cowboy. The cowboy invites her to visit Freedom and she goes. Her divorce battle is war. She receives a handsome settlement. When she gets fed up with living in Freedom she flees periodically to her mansions in AZ, WA and Mexico. Her short visit to Freedom after initially meeting Rowdy in Las Vegas leaves her wanting more. Cheyenne leaves a life of luxury to live with him in a run-down bunkhouse on his elderly father's ranch in Northwest Oklahoma. Rowdy is a rooky stock contractor who raises rodeo bulls. Cheyenne becomes his partner in the bucking bull business. Their bulls perform across the country returning each year to Las Vegas to perform at the National Finals Rodeo and the PBR finals. Growing tired of the meager surroundings of Rowdy's bunkhouse, Cheyenne buys a 3400 acre ranch near Freedom and builds a guest ranch entertaining visitors from around the world. She puts her heart and soul into making Cedar Creek Lodge and Guest Ranch a world-wide success. The days are long and the work is hard. They have bull rides and rodeos at the lodge and she hires western singers to entertain. They return to Vegas twice a year to take their bulls to the NFR and PBR finals. Her marketing efforts attract the attention of a Hollywood studio and she spends months preparing her and Rowdy and their families for the show, which is cancelled at the last minute leaving everyone heartbroken and discouraged. The expectations of what she hopes to find in Freedom eventually fall short and life in the country takes a toll on her. The cowboy becomes a womanizer and a cheat. Their life together becomes a roller coaster ride as he wines and dines female guests using Cheyenne's money. His children learn from their father's ways and begin to take advantage. His parents are elderly requiring lots of love and attention. Cheyenne becomes a strong-willed cowgirl who proves that she can survive in a tough man's world. Her patience is tried and tried again by the scoundrels seeking to take advantage. She invests millions of dollars in Freedom. Her beautiful log restaurant burns to the ground. Her loss is substantial; yet she's saved by a Texan who offers to buy her out of the ranch. She forms relationships with local individuals...never feeling like they support her. The local banker is Rowdy's 84 year old uncle. They have their go rounds but in the end she feels a fondness for the old fool. Rowdy's mother dies of Alzheimer's and his dad loses his sight and gives up farming. The rodeo bulls they raise are the best in the world. Cheyenne is one of few female PBR stock contractors. Her grandfather was a stock contractor in her early years. She moves to Freedom seeking to capture the life she remembered so long ago on her grandfather's ranch. After thirteen years of extreme highs and lows, struggling to survive the elements and the western way of life, Cheyenne Stevens finally gives up. She sells the ranch and drives away leaving the ruthless cowboy and her dreams behind, saying Farewell to Freedom.

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