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Earlier 20th Century,1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s,20th Century (multiple decades),Contemporary


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About a Filipina nurse who lost her father in the Vietnam War before she was born. She comes to America and works in a nursing home in Raleigh, gets romantically involved with the grandson of a resident that leads to the finding of her father, alive and well, and living with another family.


Drama,Family,Memoir,Historical Fiction,Romance

Short Summary

The story starts with the main character narrating about her mother who has been waiting for the return of her father who was said to have been missing while in Vietnam before she was born. In all her growing up years, the protagonist witnessed how her mother kept searching for her missing father.

The main character found her father, alive and well, and living with another family in a Raleigh suburb. From him she learned that her maternal grandfather who she had idolized while growing up caused all the miseries she had come across with in her life.


Cebu, Philippines and Raleigh, NC

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: Jin Xeres Zaragoza

Age: From five to over 30 years of age

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Faithful,Gracious,Educated,Modest,Obedient,Religious,Outspoken,Seductive,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Aragon Zaragoza

Age: over 60

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Decisive,Heroic,Honorable,Patriotic,Blunt,Manipulative

Additional Character Details

Name: Margarita Federica Torres Zaragoza

Age: early sixties

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Empathetic,Faithful,Gracious,Educated,Modest,Religious,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Vernon Vergel

Age: over 20 years of age

Gender: Male

Role: logical

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Confident,Decisive,Faithful,Heartthrob,Educated,Insecure,Leader,Masculine,Patriotic,Outspoken,Romantic,Strong Moral Code

Development Pitch

As a movie, I'd like it to be done faithfully patterned after the book. If the producer has another way, that's fine after all, being the producer, she/he could be more knowledgeable how a good movie is done, but he/she needs to talk it over with me to let me know why his/her ideas is/are better than what I propose.

About The Author

J.R. comes from the Philippines. He earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of the Visayas in the city of Cebu. After graduation, he worked as media production specialist in the Department of Agriculture Central Visayas region as chief editor of its in-house publications. He published news and feature stories in local and national magazines, wrote scripts and produced documentary films related to agriculture.

Target Audiences

Age: 55+,35-54,18-34,13-17,7-12

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning,Other

Group Specific

Filipino-American communities, Filipinos living and working abroad, Children growing up without a father.

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available