The '49 Indian

Craig Moody

Book Cover

GENRE

LGBT ROAD MOVIE

    Core Theme

    LOVE HAS DIFFERENT FORMS AND SHOULD BE RESPECTED

    TIME PERIOD

    1980s & '90s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    BOYS DON’T CRY; CALL ME BY YOUR NAME; BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

    CHARACTER LIST

    • DUSTIN: 20. LEAD. NAIVE AND CONFLICTED.
    • GAUGE: 21. NEW NEIGHBOR AND, THEN, DUSTIN'S SOULMATE. HE'S THE OTHER PROTAGONIST.
    • TERESA: 40S. DUSTIN'S CONSERVATIVE MOTHER. ANTAGONIST.
    • OFFICER JENKINS: 30-40. A POLICEMAN IN BARSTOW, OPEN-MINDED AND HONEST.

    Logline

    Intense and beautifully tragic, The ’49 Indian tells a timeless, universal coming-of-age love story, vividly capturing the fierce, uncompromising loyalty of a profound and mighty bond.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Tennessee, Las Vegas, Nevada, Arizona, Barstow, California, Los Angeles, California

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Year Published: 2017

    Starting Description

    In the summer of 1983, twenty-year-old Dustin Thomas’s naive curiosity leads him into the shadows of Fort Lauderdale’s seedy underground, where his innocence is met with violent and traumatic consequences. Despite the dire start, the dreariness of the season is instantly transformed when a handsome

    Ending Description

    Gauge loses Dustin to a still-developing human health pandemic.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Language/Profanity, Sexual Abuse

    Plot - Other Elements

    Coming of Age, Meaningful Message, Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Tragedy

    Main Character Details

    Name: Dustin Thomas

    Age: 20

    Gender: Male

    Role: Emotional

    Key Traits: Romantic, Strong Moral Code, Selfless, Adventurous, Clumsy, Faithful, Honorable, Naive, Perseverance

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Gauge Paulson

    Age: 21

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Aspiring, Blunt, Romantic, Charming, Decisive, Heroic, Sexy, Skillful, Faithful, Heartthrob, Honorable, Adventurous, Badass, Beautiful, Complex, Engaging, Selfless, Strong Moral Code, Visionary, Outspoken, Perseverance, Confident, Empathetic, Gracious, Lone Wolf, Masculine

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Teresa Thomas

    Age: 40

    Gender: Female

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Villainous, Blunt, Complex, Desperate, Religious, Secretive, Aggressive, Leader, Manipulative

    Additional Character Details

    The author has not yet written this

    Development Pitch

    Brief

    In 1983, two young men in love ride a motorcycle across the country in search of their Californian dream, but their relationship has to face prejudice, lack of money and a terrifying new health pandemic.

    What We Liked

    - Diversity;
    - Great road movie structure;
    - Compelling ‘80s story with a lot of twists and turns;
    - Surprising revelation at the end;
    - It’s not an overly erotic book, but a passionate one - sex equals love here;
    - The film/TV series wouldn’t be restricted to a LGBT audience - it has the potential to
    crossover with the right people behind and in front of the cameras;
    - Great settings/visuals.

    Synopsis

    Summer of 1983. DUSTIN is a 20-year-old young man conflicted by his sexuality and haunted by
    having being raped. Despite the close watch of his very religious mother, TERESA, he manages to fall
    in love and create a bond with his neighbor GAUGE, a boy set on fixing his late dad’s classic
    motorcycle, a 1949 Indian. One day, Teresa catches Dustin and Gauge kissing. She loses her mind and
    violently attacks her son. After this episode, Dustin and Gauge decide to take the bike and ride away
    to Los Angeles, where Dustin could become an actor and fulfill his dream of swimming in the Pacific
    Ocean.
    The old motorbike gives out for the first time near Atlanta. There, Gauge starts working part-time as a
    mechanic, and Dustin housekeeps the motel where they live, while the Indian gets fixed. When Dustin
    surprises Gauge with a nice dinner at a nearby restaurant, the waitress won’t serve them. At the
    parking lot, the owner and some friends ambush Gauge and brutally beat him up. The couple
    manages to escape town with a borrowed truck and get as far as New Mexico, where a mechanic
    offers to fix the ‘49 Indian, but asks for sexual favors in return. Saved by a brave Native-American who
    also fixes the motorcycle, they get back on the road; Gauge’s wounds, however, get infected and they
    have to make a stop in Las Vegas, where they meet a medical student who offers his house and his
    services. The night before the lovers are supposed to finally get on their way to Los Angeles, the
    sketchy doctor invites some friends over for dinner and they drug Dustin, imposing some involuntary
    BDSM experience. Once again, they flee.
    Without any money and gas, Dustin and Gauge find themselves in the desert just outside Barstow,
    California. Dustin doesn’t seem to recover from whatever drug he took at that fateful dinner. OFFICER
    JENKINS, a policeman, helps them. He feeds both and let them stay at his garage. A couple of weeks
    later, the nights of happiness under the celestial sky of the desert are interrupted by bad news. A local
    doctor suspects Dustin is HIV Positive. Dustin keeps the suspicion from Gauge and they both finally
    arrive in Los Angeles. Momentarily, everything is perfect in the world. A few weeks later, however,
    Dustin can’t even leave the bed of a private room in a hospice they had to go to, for their lack of health
    insurance. He asks the doctors to assist his suicide, but they don’t accept. Then he asks Gauge to
    take him to the Pacific Ocean, just like he promised. There, Dustin lets himself go and Gauge
    understands. Dustin dies seeing his soulmate from underwater, just like he did in the Atlantic that
    bathes Fort Lauderdale, one year before, when he fell in love for the first... and last time.

    About The Author

    Craig Moody was born and raised in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Author of acclaimed novels The '49 Indian and His Name Was Ezra, Craig currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his boyfriend, Gable, and twenty-three-year-old cockatiel, Alley.