The Picture

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Roger Bray

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A warehouse in Japan used as an emergency shelter in the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami. A distraught, young Japanese woman in disheveled clothes sits on a box, holding her infant daughter. Ben, a US rescue volunteer, kneels in front of her offering comfort. They hug, the baby between them. The moment turns into an hour as the woman sobs into his shoulder; mourning the loss of her husband, her home, the life she knew. A picture is taken, capturing the moment. It becomes a symbol; of help freely given and of the hope of the survivors. The faces in the picture cannot be recognized, and that is how Ben likes it. No celebrity, thanks not required. But others believe that being identified as the person in the picture is their path to fame and fortune. Ben stands, unknowingly, in their way, but nothing a contract killing cannot fix.


Drama, Crime, Action, Suspense / Thriller,

Short Summary

Ben Davis, shot in a robbery in Portland and is in a coma. Best friend Paul, fearing Ben’s death, brings Ben’s estranged daughter to the hospital. So begins an original story of Ben’s involvement with an iconic, titular picture taken after the 2011 Japanese Tsunami and the danger it places him in.

Ben is attacked at home by an armed assassin who he overcomes and who reveals the plot behind the attempt. Ben is reunited with the Japanese woman and her new baby, together they appear on a talk show due to the fame of The Picture and the attempts on Ben's life.


Portland Oregon, Tome Japan

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

,Overcoming tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Philosophical Questions, Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Ben Davis

Age: 55

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Empathetic, Engaging, Honorable, Modest, Selfless, Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Anna Bauer

Age: 23

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Beautiful, Complex, Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Paul Truscott

Age: 55

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Charming, Confident, Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Vince Brown

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Charming, Greedy, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Aggressive, Confident, Complex, Criminal

Development Pitch

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available



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