The One That Got Away

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20th Century (multiple decades),1980s & '90s,Contemporary

Clint Hofer

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The story takes place in St. Louis right before and during the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1993. Terri Zimmerman returns to her childhood home in South St. Louis and becomes reacquainted with her childhood friend Glen Wunsch. She faces danger during the Great Flood. This is a comedy.



Short Summary

Terri Zimmerman walks into the Stag Club which was once the Zimmerman Bakery where she grew up. She has just learned she is pregnant and her boyfriend has deserted her. She is returning to the place where she spent the happiest years of her life. She becomes reacquainted with a childhood friend.

The Great Flood of 1993 sweeps through South St. Louis causing much destruction. Terri loses her boyfriend to Barbara Grogan who does a television program about the sport of fishing. Barbara is known as the Happy Hooker. Terri is rescued from the flood by Dinty Smith, the owner of the Stag Club.


Entirely in and around St. Louis, Missouri.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Terri Zimmerman

Age: 33

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Romantic,Sarcastic,Seductive,Sexy

Additional Character Details

Name: Glen Wunsch

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Heartthrob,Romantic,Power Hungry,Masculine,Narcisstic,Sexy,Funny,Patriotic

Additional Character Details

Name: Paz Militante

Age: 33

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Sexy,Romantic,Funny,Faithful,Modest,Seductive

Additional Character Details

Name: Barbara Grogan

Age: 33

Gender: Female

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Charming,Engaging,Funny,Skillful,Romantic

Development Pitch

I think my novel would make an excellent movie because it appeals to everyone. Men and women of all ages would enjoy my story which has something for everyone. My story should appeal to people who live in a big city and also to people who live out in the country. Everyone loves a good comedy. I laugh from start to finish whenever I read my novel. There is a great deal of St. Louis history in my novel which should appeal to history lovers. People who like fishing and country music will love my novel. My novel is in many ways a commentary on modern life which should create interest. My novel has been a best seller at Barnes & Noble, and has made the Barnes & Noble Top 100 list. There is a romantic triangle in my novel. Romance plays a big part in my novel. St. Louis is the beer capital of the United States because of Anheuser-Busch, and in my novel I write about the rich brewing heritage of St. Louis. Beer drinkers will love my novel. Terri sells perfume which should appeal to women. Glen loves hunting and fishing which should appeal to men. Glen falls in love with Barbara Grogan who does a TV program about fishing titled The Happy Hooker Show. I think my story would be a welcome change of pace from the usual movies that people are used to seeing. I think more truth can be told through comedy than through serious drama. My novel has action, adventure, romance, and comedy. I could go on all day about why I think my novel would make a good movie. Thank you!

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

People living in and around St. Louis would be very interested in this story.

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Page Publishing in New York City

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available