It’s present-day America, but in which all Narcotics were legalized fifteen years ago with the advent of the Freedman Bill (the formal name for the Legalization). While there is finally plenty of money to pay police, teachers, firemen, and other public workers, and no one in the country is without food, shelter, or insurance, the government now utilizes methods designed to keep usage within a safe parameter…violating many Constitutional rights in the process.
The country is torn by this decision. There are the Realists, who firmly feel that since drug use isn’t going away, that they should tax it, make it available, and put those trillions toward improving the country and its citizens. The Idealists are convinced we are allowing our baser instincts to be used for the good of the politicians, and are fiercely fighting for the bill to be overturned.
In the midst of all this, rock band Deus Ex Machina (latin for “God from the Machine”), having won an American Idol-type competition, executes its first world tour. Roped into participating by his lead singer girlfriend, Raven, bassist and aspiring politico Ashe Brecken is dismayed when his band actually wins on live television. But there’s a silver lining for him—he can use his newfound celebrity toward a purpose. Working hand in hand with Stay Straight, the organization dedicated to overturning the Legalization, his dedication borders on zealotry. What he doesn’t know is there is a saboteur in the band…someone that supports the Legalization and the help it offers to sick and hungry children. After a public humiliation completely discredits him in the eyes of Stay Straight and the entire country, As he deploys deadly designs to make his statement to the world. Turning to someone he’s long despised to assist him in this dangerous effort, this longtime band of friends find themselves keeping treacherous secrets from each other while they’re in the midst of changing not only the nation, but the whole world.
But at what cost?
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Scarlett Savage was born and raised in Maine. She began her writing career at age 5 after reading LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS. When she finished the book, she announced to her family that she would become an author. She began to write stories but soon turned her attention to the theater, which led her to explore playwriting. By the time she was in high school, she was writing for professional stage companies in Maine. She received a full scholarship to the University of Maine at Orono, where she won her first major writing awards. Her play, DEAR DADDY, LOVE CASSIE, won several awards and raised money for both national and regional sexual assault support centers. Scarlett moved to Los Angeles in 2009 and made her L.A. theater debut with her latest play, SHE F*&KING HATES ME: A LOVE STORY. She lives in Santa Monica with the love of her life, Mike Biggie, who designed the cover of NARCOTIC NATION.
Visit her website at www.ScarlettSavage.com.
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