The Cinderella Vessel

Robert Lerner

Book Cover

GENRE

ROMANCE FANTASY FAMILY DRAMA

    Core Theme

    SECOND CHANCES

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    17 AGAIN, THE DA VINCI CODE

    CHARACTER LIST

    • LAUREN DRAKE: LATE 50S. LEAD. BITTER HOUSEWIFE.

    • PETER DRAKE: EARLY 60S. LAUREN'S HUSBAND.

    • JAMIE: 30S. PROFESSOR WHO WORKS CLOSELY WITH PETER.

    • TAYLOR SIMMS: 30S. PROFESSOR WHO BEFRIENDS LAUREN.

    • LUKE: 20S. BECOMES ENCHANTED WITH 21 YEAR OLD MADISON DRAKE.

    • MICHAEL: 40S-50S. LAWYER FOR THE DRAKE FAMILY.

    Logline

    Would you trade a year of your remaining life for a day of youthfulness? An emotionally shattered socialite makes just such an exchange in an attempt to save her crumbing marriage but learns the benefits of fleeting youth come at a far greater price than she ever imagined.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Female Leaning

    Setting

    Boston

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Self-published

    Year Published: 2019

    Starting Description

    Peter Drake acquires the mythical “unbreakable” bowl made for Tiberius Caesar but its confusing inscription forces Peter to consult Harvard Professor Jamie Willis. Lauren Drake, while Peter is out, sips from the vessel. Lauren falls unconscious and awakens to find she young again.

    Ending Description

    Lauren convinces Taylor Simms, a former long distance runner, to use the Cinderella vessel to regain the use of her legs and run in the Boston Marathon. Taylor transforms, runs the race and uses the time she has left to seek revenge on the ex-husband whose infidelities led to her crippling injuries.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    9781077024625

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Happy Ending,Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy,Quest

    Main Character Details

    Name: Lauren Drake

    Age: 57

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Complex,Desperate,Sexy,Sophisticated

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Peter Drake

    Age: 66

    Gender: Male

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Desperate,Faithful,Honorable,Charming,Educated

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Taylor Simms

    Age: 35

    Gender: Female

    Role: skeptic

    Key Traits: Empathetic,Flexible,Educated,Insecure

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Jamie Willis

    Age: 38

    Gender: Female

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Aggressive,Educated,Unapologetic

    Development Pitch

    After a certain age it seems we all wistfully dream of being young again. But would you willingly exchange a year of your life to regain a single day of youthfulness? In The Cinderella Vessel just such a trade is made by both Lauren Drake, an aging socialite whose world has been shattered by the death of her only child, and Dr. Taylor Simms, a disabled professor of religious studies. Each discovers that an ancient chalice is not just capable of restoring the body, but regenerating the soul as well. The Cinderella Vessel is where the fountain of youth collides with Cinderella’s midnight curfew.

    Brief

    An antiques collector finally acquires the ancient unbreakable glass vessel he has spent his life pursuing. He wonders what the vessel means but before he can research it further, his wife, a disgruntled socialite, performs the ritual herself. The vessel transforms her into her 21-year old self for a day, but as with all ancient pagan rituals, it comes with its own prices.

    What We Liked

    - This is a very well-researched fantasy. All of the magic in the book is justified with ancient research texts, allowing the audience to easily suspend disbelief and follow along with the mystery of the vessel. Additionally, the novel contains strong themes about the triumphs of love, second chances, and revenge;
    - As a film, this would be a great feel-good movie about second chances and coping with loss.
    - As a TV show, this could either work as a limited run series or could expand into an anthology series wherein different characters each week realize long-awaited goals by regaining their youth for a day;
    - Unique concept; Appealing fantasy of youth; Multiple target audience age groups; Historical background; Mysterious.

    Synopsis

    Lauren Drake is a tired socialite in her late 50s. Her marriage is crumbling, something that started with the death of their daughter Emma at the age of 21, and compounded by the fact that her husband, Peter, spends his days obsessively searching for an unbreakable Roman glass. Lauren gets mad when she finds out that Peter has spent tens of thousands of dollars on his newest glass vessel. Peter performs his usual ritual with the glass, and is shocked when it doesn't break like the others had. While alone with the glass, Lauren becomes furious and sarcastically performs the ritual he had suggested--only to immediately transform into her 21-year-old self.

    Her husband returns home and is enchanted by his young wife but worried that the goddess will take a year off her life in exchange for a day of youth that ends at midnight, leading Peter to coin the glass as a "Cinderella vessel." Lauren is determined to enjoy her one night of youth and goes out onto the town. Despite the immense pain from the transformation back, Lauren becomes determined to transform again, with Peter. After doing more research, they realize what they want to do when they transform together next--they want to honor the goddess by having a child. They arrange with their lawyer for a young woman to carry the egg fertilized by two "anonymous donors" who are secretly the younger versions of Peter and Lauren.

    The operation is a success, but the transformation back into his old body nearly kills Peter. Peter dies shortly before their baby is born. At the funeral, Jamie meets with Lauren and asks her to show her the vessel. Lauren finally agrees to meet, and Jamie brings her friend Taylor with her, a crippled professor. Lauren insists that the two sign non disclosure agreements before seeing the glass, and while Jamie refuses, Taylor agrees. Jamie leaves, but Taylor learns more from Lauren and the two soon become friends. They connect over their losses. Taylor had been a marathon runner before she found her husband cheating on her and drove enraged, getting into an accident that rendered her paralyzed from the waist down. Taylor is wary when Lauren insists that she try out the transformation of youth for herself. Still, Taylor shows up on the proposed day to find that Lauren has signed her up for her old favorite time of running the Boston marathon.

    Taylor performs the ritual and runs the marathon, but while running realizes that she has other plans for her day of youth. Posing as a young college junior, she meets up with her ex-husband at a bar and, while he attempts to seduce her, she takes a broken piece of glass and slices through his Achilles tendon, rendering him unable to run just as she has been. Taylor transforms back and agrees to keep the secret of the Cinderella vessel.

    About The Author

    In addition to An Accidental Prophet, Robert Lerner has also published The Cinderella Vessel, and as part of Multi-Media Publications’ Lessons From History Series, three non-fiction books that interweave Ancient Roman business practices with the modern workplace - Entrepreneurship and Ethics in Ancient Rome: The Management Lessons of Pliny the Younger, Career Turbulence: Ancient Lessons for Survival in the Modern Workplace and Customer Acquisition Strategies: Modern Lessons from Ancient Rome’s Greatest Entrepreneurs.