Unyielding Destiny

Spiros Gratsias

Book Cover

GENRE

CRIME ACTION SUSPENSE / THRILLER

    Core Theme

    VENGEANCE

    TIME PERIOD

    1920s & '30s,1940s & '50s,1960s & '70s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    AMERICAN GANGSTER, THE GODFATHER, GOODFELLAS

    CHARACTER LIST

    • FRANK MORRIS: 30S. LEAD. MASCULINE, AGGRESSIVE, CONFIDENT, BADASS

    • DON CABINERI: 50S. FRANK’S MENTOR. RELIGIOUS, HONORABLE, STRONG MORAL CODE, LEADER

    • SCOTT EASTEN: LATE 20S. ASPIRING, DECISIVE, SELFLESS, VISIONARY

    Logline

    After becoming an orphan, Frank was adopted by Don Cabineri, an Italian mafia boss in New York. Groomed to eventually become the Don of the Cabineri Family himself, Frank's real nature proves to be selfless and altruist.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 35-54

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

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    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Starting Description

    1930’S - LITTLE ITALY  Francesco  Morris,  or  “Frank”,  was a happy boy growing up in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the 1930’s. His family  was very poor but his Sicilian mother and Irish father were loving parents who worked hard to provide a life of simple joy  for  young  Frank.

    Ending Description

    One day, the two men meet on the steps of the courthouse. Suddenly, a bullet cuts through the air, clearly meant for Scott. Will Frank choose to repay his life debt to Roy by saving his comrade's son, or will he choose to fulfill his role as the new Don?

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Language/Profanity,Extreme Violence

    Plot - Other Elements

    Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,Voyage and Return,Tragedy

    Main Character Details

    Name: Frank Morris

    Age: 30's

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Masculine,Aggressive,Confident,Patriotic,Sexy,Empathetic,Leader,Badass

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Don Cabineri

    Age: 50's

    Gender: Male

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Masculine,Confident,Patriotic,Religious,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Leader

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Scott Easten

    Age: late 20's

    Gender: Male

    Role: logical

    Key Traits: Aspiring,Decisive,Selfless,Visionary,Sexy,Honorable,Patriotic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Antonio Ganvelosi

    Age: 40

    Gender: Male

    Role: sidekick

    Key Traits: Obedient,Villainous,Clumsy,Sexy,Desperate

    Development Pitch

    Don Cabineri was an “old school” Don. Although he was a ruthless crime boss, he lived by a strict code that allowed him to feel honorable, even noble. Frank was now going to be raised by New York’s most powerful crime boss on this simple but strict code of honor. Little did he realize just how dramatically that day would change his life. For the first time,  at  age  8,  Frank  sensed  that  the  hand  of  destiny  could  take  his  life  in  a  direction  that  he  could  never  have  imagined. As Frank grew up, he attended the same Catholic schools as Don Caberini’s birth children and the Don really did treat Frank  as  one  of  his  own.  The  Don  worked  from home and often his most trusted Captain and personal bodyguard,  Dino, looked after Frank and the Don’s other children. They lovingly referred to him as “Uncle Dino”. The sights, sounds and smells of Little Italy became the backdrop of his childhood. Upon finishing High School, Frank told the Don he had no interest in college and wanted to work for the Don. The Don accepted Frank into his business and soon Frank was old enough to get his own place to live. The Don told Frank that he must now be responsible for himself and his own future  family. 

    Brief

    After becoming an orphan, Frank was adopted by Don Cabineri, an Italian mafia boss and the head of one of the most powerful crime families in New York. Groomed from an early age to eventually become the Don of the Cabineri Family himself, Frank’s real nature, however, proves to be selfless and altruist.

    What We Liked

    - It's action-packed and moves quickly;
    - It's set across a number of decades, so the audience feels invested in the story;
    - It's largely set in two -- cinematic -- places, New York and San Francisco;
    - The lead character is fallible but endearing;
    - It revolves around the fascinating subject of mafia and the crime underworld;
    - It is a story of revenge, but it's also a story of how hollow revenge can be -- and serves as a
    message to the audience about seeking the true purpose of one's life;
    - This would make for an entertaining TV series as it takes place across various decades in
    which two characters lives intertwine in ways that can be developed within each episode.

    Synopsis

    In 1930s New York, on the Lower East Side, among the immigrant tenements, lives young Frank Morris. When he is 8 years old, his father, who works for mafia boss Don Cabineri, dies suddenly, followed shortly thereafter by his mother, who fell into a depression after the death of her husband. As an orphan, Frank is taken in by the Don and made to feel like one of the family.

    Flash forward to 1962, the story shifts to the other side of the US — to San Francisco, where teenage Scott Easten lives with his mother. They are going to a medal of freedom ceremony for his late father, Roy, who died in the Korean War, protecting his men. Scott’s mother, an army nurse, dotes on him and takes him along with her, while she’s administering vaccinations, to Alcatraz, the legendary prison that Scott is obsessed with. While there, Scott has a chance encounter with Frank, who has, by now, been imprisoned for robbery. Frank notices the dog tags Scott wears around his neck - tags he recognizes as once belonging to Roy, the man who saved Frank’s life in the Korean War.

    Frank escapes prison and resumes life as Bruce Mollo, a ghost hitman for the Don. In the meantime, Scott grows up to be a district attorney. He’s obsessed with cleaning up the city and taking out the mafia, which he believes causes death and destruction among innocent families.

    The Don is assassinated by one of his close allies, Daballia. So too are most of Frank’s adopted mafioso family. One of them, Giorgio, goes into witness protection, where he is groomed by Scott to testify against the mafia families. Frank wants to use Giorgio as bait to draw out Daballia so he can avenge the Don’s murder. But on the day that Giorgio goes to court, Dabillia orders another hit out. Giorgio is killed. So is Scott, who pushes Frank out the way, saving his life once again, just as his father had in the war.

    Frank goes to Daballia’s mansion and shoots him directly. After killing Daballia, Frank drives off, determined to begin a new, clean life. As an epilogue, we find out that Frank’s life has not been in vain, as he had thought. That day when Giorgio and Scott were killed at court, Frank had moved another lady out of the way, and her son had gone on to save a man from falling on the subway tracks.

    About The Author

    Spiros Gratsias was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. He is the screenwriter of the award-winning short film animation Inverse, based on a story from his book Rootless Roots. He has also written the historical fiction The C Enigma published on Amazon in 2014. Unyielding Destiny is his latest novel.