Gods of Our Time: A Paris Love Story

Michael Bowker

Book Cover



    Core Theme



    1920s & '30s




    JAKE: 27. LEAD. NAIVE.
    MARGARET: 25.


    Gods of Our Time is a riveting, funny and passionate story of how a blind American journalist and a beautiful healer, who can cure everything but her own devastating past, find love in Paris and together overcome disillusionment, tragedy and Ernest Hemingway.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34

    Target Gender: Female leaning



    Based on a True Story


    Publishing Details

    Status: No

    Starting Description

    After fifty years of marriage and adventure, journalist Jake Milestone writes the story of the beginning of his extraordinary love affair with his wife, Sophie Masson. Their unlikely first meeting in 1925, in Paris, during desperate times, ultimately saves both of their lives.

    Ending Description

    Jake learns, in a highly dramatic way, hat love, art and beauty are not about being perfect, rather they are the celebration of our imperfections. He also realizes he may have just lost the most important thing in his life, Sophie. He races back through the rainy Paris streets to find her. He does.

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    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message, Happy Ending, Twist, Philosophical Questions

    Plot - Premise

    ,Love, personal growth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Jake

    Age: 27

    Gender: Male

    Role: Emotional

    Key Traits: Engaging, Adventurous, Charming, Clumsy, Complex, Confident, Crazy, Empathetic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Sophie

    Age: 26

    Gender: Female

    Role: Emotional

    Key Traits: Faithful, Adventurous, Badass, Charming, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities

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    Development Pitch


    Paris, 1925. An American journalist, tasked by an upscale magazine with interviewing some of the greatest writers and artists of his time, ponders if he has what it takes to stand shoulder to shoulder with names like Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso. Meanwhile, a French nurse tries to cope with memories from World War I, when she lost it all. Life will bring them together in an unlikely love story.

    What We Liked

    A charming recreation — both dramatic and visual — of a pivotal point in the last century in which
    artists were truly “Gods Of Our Time”, the story combines the awe of romantic, 1920s Paris with
    drama and the heavy traumas caused by war. The mixture creates interesting characters and life
    journeys, bringing the audience along for the ride, as a love story blossoms from a series of unlikely,
    yet fascinating coincidences.
    TV: The episodic nature of lead man Jake’s interviews with numerous artists would make for an
    interesting narrative device, basing each episode on each one of these encounters and how they
    inform his actions — and, consequently, how he interacts with all others. The themes of each
    interview are also susceptible to a parallel with nurse Sophie’s life, even if she doesn’t actually takes
    part in them.
    Film: A film, apart from being a glaring period piece, would convey great performances with complete
    and satisfying narrative arcs; and a truly touching love story, worth of a large following. The audience
    would also be enticed by the relationship between an innocent, relatable, well-mannered “farm boy”,
    and the ones supposed to be the greatest artistic minds of the twentieth century.


    Paris, 1925. Kansas City-based journalist Jake accompanies his girlfriend Margaret, the daughter of a
    famous publisher from New York, in order to interview great artists from that era for her father’s
    magazine. Fascinated by the city, he struggles to find the words to actually connect with such
    legendary names — all the while pressured by Margaret and her group of friends to excel beyond his
    own expectations. Meanwhile, in a Parisian hospital, a nurse named Sophie does her best to ensure
    the well being of all patients, while she deals with losing her entire family in World War I. After two
    extremely confrontational interviews with Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso, in which the artists
    belittle the interviewer as much as they can, Jake’s confidence fully crumbles when the magazine
    repels his articles, claiming them to be below their standards. He wanders through the streets and
    bumps into Sophie. Although they don’t see each other again right away, they both make an
    impression on one another.
    Sophie can’t stop thinking about her family and how several bombs completely destroyed her village
    during the first battles of the war, ten years prior. She ignores being courted by two different doctors
    from her hospital and rushes to the countryside, in order to help a childhood friend with depression —
    one of the few survivors from the village. Once there, she saves her just as the girl tries to hang
    herself. Back in Paris, drama is just as heightened; Jake and Margaret remain in the city, but he starts
    to feel her drifting away — going out on her own, disappearing for days and nights. Everything turns to
    worse when, during a dazzling party, he finds his girlfriend making love to a legendary painter — one
    he failed to properly interview. Furious, Jake goes running into the Parisian night just to be mugged
    and beaten, being left for dead.
    As he is brought into the hospital, Jake and Sophie reunite under terrible circumstances — he’s now
    blind, after the thief’s attack left his eyes clogged with blood. Even without seeing, he and Sophie
    strongly bond over their love of art and poetry and the memory of their long departed parents. He tries
    to conjure up how she looks like by sensibly touching her face, to which she confesses to be the
    woman he bumped into a number of days earlier. When he leaves the hospital, they travel together to
    the remains of Sophie’s village, where he helps her cope with her loss — and where they finally make
    love for the first time. As Jake starts to see flashes of light, indicating his sight is coming back, they
    vow to stay together forever.

    About The Author

    Michael Bowker is a bestselling author and investigative journalist specializing in telling the human stories behind today’s health, science, and environmental issues. His books and articles have been published by over 200 publications, including Simon & Schuster, The Los Angeles Times, and Reader's Digest.