Bury My Heart

Robert Plotkin rplotkin64@gmail.com 2219904991291



Robert Plotkin

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My story is about Cole Spear (38) who's life is turned upside down by the mysterious revelation about his father's death. This information leaves Cole no choice but to explore his father's past and ultimately confront his own demons that have left him lost and ungrounded.



Short Summary

Cole Spear and Ray Marcus are mental health therapists whose personal journeys lead them to solve family mysteries that have prevented them from thriving as adults. Both men must delve into the past in order to understand their present circumstances.

Cole confronts the man he believes responsible for his father's death. The truth, however, is impossible to prove and Cole must live with ambiguity whether his father killed himself or was murdered. In a surprise twist, Cole learns that Ray is his brother and is compelled to find him.


Philadelphia, PA

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Twist,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Cole Spear

Age: 38

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Desperate,Empathetic,Faithful,Skillful,Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Ray Marcus

Age: 42

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Badass,Adventurous,Complex,Confident,Outspoken,Skillful,Blunt,Empathetic,Engaging

Additional Character Details

Name: Mick Condo

Age: 70's

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Badass,Charming,Confident,Criminal,Engaging,Greedy,Villainous,Narcisstic

Additional Character Details

Name: Jessica Spear

Age: 70's

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Secretive,Narcisstic,Villainous,Complex

Development Pitch

Life has its challenges and we all go through events in our families that we wish were different. My two main characters, Cole and Ray are no different. I think what makes this story work is that both characters have integrity and that each has a journey they must take in order to change. Both must look into the past in order to move forward in their lives. The story is filled with troubled relationships, romantic encounters, and thrilling action sequences which leave the reader guessing until the end what truth binds Ray and Cole together. Though they never meet, Cole determines to find Ray and the story concludes with Cole set on a new mission and adventure leading to a sequel.

About The Author

Robert Plotkin has 30 years of experience in behavioral health, having started his career as a licensed master-level social worker on a psychiatric hospital in Philadelphia. Rob maintained a private practice where he worked with all age groups. In 2012, recognizing the dearth of mental health providers in the United States, Rob launched a telepsychiatry and teletherapy company to improve access to care. In addition to enjoying writing, Rob is a portrait artist and loves spending time with his long time fiance and 2 dogs, Bubba and Gus.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

This would be of interest to people who either work in the behavioral health field or are patients themselves.

Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available



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The destinies of two men, Ray Marcus and Cole Spear, cross when Ray finds out the truth about his family and his father's death.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: EXCELLENT

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD


Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

The book profile reflects the book accurately.

Draw of Story

Ray Marcus and Cole Spear, protagonists, are interesting and nuanced characters. The mysteries that are solved as the story unfolds are involving.

Possible Drawbacks

Women are too often described in a negative way and female characters are frequently expected to serve men. That should be an attention point, given today's climate.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The mysteries involved in the plot are interesting and able to keep audience hooked.

Fanbase Potential

It could have a large fanbase as main characters' personalities are well built and there are historical facts involved in the plot.

Awards Potential

It could also have awards potential if adapted as there are both action and drama here, which would require multi-layered and talented actors.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The originality of the story is in the construction of characters, however female characters, especially Jessica Spear, could be described with more depth and have a more human side added in order to enrich the plot.

Lead Characters

Cole and Ray have a lot in common even before the plot lead us to realize they are brothers. Characters are highly will driven and spirited however there is a lingering feeling of loneliness and displacement.

Uniqueness of Story

It could be improved if female characters are better developed, as it would add depth to the story in general.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, Film - Indie, TV Series - Streaming, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series

Analyst Recommendation



It is to be considered as it is a well-constructed story, with an interesting character arc, that blends in family issues and mysteries which turn out to be well connected to main characters current life paths - and also offer redemption.