Bloodroot

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ACTION ADVENTURE CRIME MYSTERY

1940s & '50s

Larry M Arrowood

Logline

A gripping tale of racial prejudice in a small Southern town, Bloodroot tells the story of a retired law enforcement officer, Harry Weatherholtz, who stumbles upon the drowning of a young black orphan who was forced by his white foster parent, Hurley Cutshaw, into a farm pond to retrieve a fishing lure.

Genre

Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery

Target Audiences

Age: 55+

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2008

Starting Description

Weatherholtz discovers that the roots of the crime run deep, to those in the highest positions of power. A local judge, Jeremiah Jenkins, is placing black children in homes where the young children are forced to do domestic labor for neighbors, from which the foster parents receive wages.

Ending Description

Weatherholtz solves the hate-crime, but in the Jim Crow era, he compromises even his own principles by allowing the culprits to walk free in order to end the plight of the only witness to the crime, Miss Ann, from having to face the scrutiny of a public trial.

Group Specific

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Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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Mature Audience Themes

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Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Twist, Happy Ending

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Main Character Details

Name: Harry Weatherholtz

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Faithful, Masculine, Religious, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Aggressive, Engaging, Honorable, Modest, Patriotic

Additional Character Details

Name: Miss Ann

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Underdog, Desperate, Insecure, Uneducated

Additional Character Details

Name: Hurley Cutshaw

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Crazy, Criminal, Greedy, Manipulative, Uneducated, Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Sheriff Flinn

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Empathetic, Honorable, Modest, Patriotic, Strong Moral Code

Logline

A gripping tale of racial prejudice in a small Southern town, Bloodroot tells the story of a retired law enforcement officer, Harry Weatherholtz, who stumbles upon the drowning of a young black orphan who was forced by his white foster parent, Hurley Cutshaw, into a farm pond to retrieve a fishing lure.

Short Summary

Weatherholtz discovers that the roots of the crime run deep, to those in the highest positions of power. A local judge, Jeremiah Jenkins, is placing black children in homes where the young children are forced to do domestic labor for neighbors, from which the foster parents receive wages.


Weatherholtz solves the hate-crime, but in the Jim Crow era, he compromises even his own principles by allowing the culprits to walk free in order to end the plight of the only witness to the crime, Miss Ann, from having to face the scrutiny of a public trial.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Overcoming Monster/Villain,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Harry Weatherholtz

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Faithful, Masculine, Religious, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Aggressive, Engaging, Honorable, Modest, Patriotic

Character 1

Name: Miss Ann

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Underdog, Desperate, Insecure, Uneducated

Character 2

Name: Hurley Cutshaw

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Crazy, Criminal, Greedy, Manipulative, Uneducated, Villainous

Character 3

Name: Sheriff Flinn

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Empathetic, Honorable, Modest, Patriotic, Strong Moral Code

Supplemental Materials

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