Struggle To Freedom: There's A Way Out!

Aziza Ashanti

Book Cover



    Core Theme



    1980s & '90s,Earlier 20th Century






    • DERRICK'S FATHER: 30-60S.

    • DERRICK'S MOTHER: 30-60S.

    • TAMMY: 17-40S. DERRICK'S WIFE.



    This story is about a young man's journey to freedom from 4 generations of incest. He finally leaves his hometown, only to be pulled back into the family tradition by the appetites of his children. In search of help, he finally finds deliverance.

    Target Audiences

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

    Target Gender: Universal


    Tennessee, United States

    Based on a True Story


    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Replevin

    Year Published: 2014

    Starting Description

    The main character, Derrick Pratt, is in love with a school mate, who has been promised to another man. In the meantime, the family farm isn't doing so well, so the father decides to prostitute Derrick and his twin sister, to bring income into the home.

    Ending Description

    Derrick is desperate to find a solution to his family situation. He finds a church that is different from anything he's ever experienced and finally finds peace.

    Group Specific

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    Mature Audience Themes

    Incest,Sexual Abuse

    Plot - Other Elements

    Coming of Age,Happy Ending

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth,Rebellion Against 'The One'

    Main Character Details

    Name: Derrick Pratt

    Age: 19

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Masculine,Charming,Obedient,Sexy,Selfless,Faithful,Visionary,Romantic,Heroic,Educated

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Elmer Pratt

    Age: 40

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Uneducated,Decisive,Desperate,Outspoken,Skillful,Unapologetic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Tammy Davenport

    Age: 19

    Gender: Female

    Role: emotional

    Key Traits: Charming,Obedient,Sexy,Selfless,Engaging,Outspoken,Skillful,Gracious,Romantic,Seductive,Educated

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Tammy Davenport

    Age: 19

    Gender: Female

    Role: emotional

    Key Traits: Charming,Obedient,Sexy,Confident,Selfless,Engaging,Outspoken,Skillful,Visionary,Seductive,Educated

    Development Pitch

    Struggle To Freedom ~an intense family saga ~ is a self-published book that will transform well into a movie. Audiences are attracted to conflict and stories that portray raw reality. Although a work of fiction, there are people in the audience that are actually living the life portrayed in the book. This story is a journey through poverty, and incest family traditions that rule the way the Pratt family functions and makes ends meet (sustains their family). As the audience relates to the various characters, they will also come to understand what families go through that observe warped and inhumane traditions handed down from generation to generation. The audience will be captivated as they take this emotional journey which will make them laugh and make them cry, they will feel disgust and empathy. As Derrick’s wife and kids fall deeper into their tradition, Derrick finds an electrifying church that can help him. The family is able to break free from their tradition and find true happiness.


    This is a story about a man trying to overcome a dark family secret - the many decades of incest it has taken part in.

    What We Liked

    - This story aims to show there is always a chance for even the most abused of people to find salvation;
    - The sermons at the end of this story could be the jumping off point for telling a greater story of redemption. A film focusing on a family with a terribly dark secret that threatens to eat away at its members could be created;
    - The family is saved by Christianity.


    Over 120 years ago, five African-American families decided to start a new town in Heyvyn, over 120 years ago. Rufus Gentry comes from an incestuous family - his father forced his mother to have sex with him with the aim of making a man out of him, forming a stronger bond between the two. Rufus had his own family, and wanted to be closer with his daughters so had sex with them. Since then, Heyvyn became a town of incestuous families, but it thrives.

    19 year-old Derrick Pratt comes from one of these families. His twin sister is prostituted by his father for money, whom she also has sex with on a daily basis. His younger brother has sex with the barn animals because his father believes he is too young to have sex with his sisters yet. One day Derrick meets a girl at school he really likes, Tammy, but she has been promised to another man. Derrick finds out this man is involved in raping other young girls as a sport with his friends. It makes him remember his cousin’s who once took him on a joyride where they rode around town raping women, forcing Derrick to do the same thing.

    Derrick vows to save Tammy and run away from the town they both live in. His dad starts to pimp him out to older women in the town, adding his other sister and younger brother to the family business too. Derrick’s younger brother tries to rape his younger sister. Derrick and his twin sister spend a lot of time trying to keep him away from her. Tammy tries to get her father to have sex with her so that she doesn’t have to marry the man her family is forcing her to marry. He wants her to be a virgin. But her father has been paying to have sex with Derrick’s sister. In the meantime, Derrick’s sister falls in love with the teacher she’s been having sex with in order to pass a class. They also plan to run away and start a new life together.

    Fast forward 20 years later, Tammy and Derrick are married with two children. Both children have high sex drives so the parents agree to have sex with them so as to keep them from having sex with other children at school. Tammy and Derrick take a trip back to their hometown for Derrick’s mother’s birthday. The cousins are all still firmly entrenched in the family business - surprising Derrick’s children. While Derrick is having sex with his daughter in the bathroom, his father walks in and forces himself into the situation, leaving everyone confused and feeling distraught. Derrick begins to question his life choices, but continues to have sex with his daughter, until one day, someone gives him the leaflet of a local church. He attends one of the services, and the sermon he hears changes his life. He makes the decision to renounce incest and takes his family along to the next service. One by one they are saved and give their lives to the Lord and giving up sex with family members.

    About The Author

    Aziza Ashanti describes herself as an up-and-coming fiction novelist and inspirational speaker, who speaks straight from the hip, tackling tough taboo subjects such as incest, family sagas, and dysfunctional families.