Five-year-old Clayton Kingsley was in his backyard building a sandcastle two minutes ago. Now the sandbox is empty, so is the swing. And the gate that kept the world at bay is open...
His mother Jenny, recently divorced, has left behind a controlling mother and an abusive husband who thought more of his buddies and the bottle than being a father or husband. Is Jenny’s ex really the distraught parent he seems or is he the culprit?
As the days go by with no sign of Clayton, Jenny searches frantically for her son. Who could have taken him? If not his father, could it be her sexy, secretive neighbor, a man suspected for the disappearance of another child? Or is there a serial predator in the serene bedroom community that Jenny thought would be the perfect place to raise her son?
This novel has been adapted to a screenplay.
Logline: An introverted single mother risks her life to find her kidnapped five-year-old son when the police fail and she can no longer trust those closest to her.
Finalist, Honorable Mention So Cal Screenplay Competition - The Southern California Screenplay Competition 2022
Top 100 (Feature or TV Pilot), Table Read My Screenplay Genre Screenplay Competition Austin 2021
Quarterfinalist, Industrial Scripts - The TITAN Awards 2021
Quarterfinalist, Inroads Fellowship (Season 5)
Semifinalist, Forest City Film Festival 2021
Quarterfinalist, Emerging Screenwriters - Genre Screenplay Competition 2020
Semifinalist, Forest City Film Festival 2019
Semifinalist, Table Read My Screenplay - Park City 2019
Semifinalist, Table Read My Screenplay - Park City 2018
I don’t like it here. It’s dark. It’s cold. Why doesn’t Mommy come and get me? She knows I don’t like the dark.
“Your mommy has to find you,” the man had said.
Where is she?
“It’s a game,” he said.
He grabbed my arm. It hurt. It’s not a good game. He’s not nice.
I called her, but he put his smelly hand over my mouth. I wanted to bite it. Mommy doesn’t like biting. But he’s mean. I don’t like this place. Will she find me here? She will. She’s good at hide-and-seek. I hope she finds me soon.