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TOXIC TIDE

A young nurse and her fellow Florida refugees attempt a daring escape from an environmental disaster brought on by greed and political corruption.

Jillian Riley is a young nurse who goes on a romantic date with Rios, an organic farmer she met at the farmers market. Their relationship is cut short when Jillian decides to support her recently incapacitated mother by working private duty for a rich, elderly hotel owner, Mrs. Price.  Jillian has an brief affair with Aldrich, her boss’s grandson and inadvertently becomes pregnant. Aldrich's arm becomes infected by the a toxic tide that is plaguing the local waters and devastating the tourist industry.

Aldrich goes to Tallahassee to influence the corrupt Governor to deny the toxic changes in the local waters. He falls ill and has his infected arm amputated.

The toxic tide becomes a public health emergency and Jillian is forced to take charge when Mrs. Price becomes sick and predicts Aldrich's possible death as related to her seeing the Green Man, a harbinger of death per local folklore legend. Jillian enlists and Rios, her former boyfriend and now the Prices landscaper, to bring Mrs. Price to the local hospital for medical care. They drive through the civil unrest and looting that has befallen their community.  The hospital is evacuating and they are forced to flee to Rios organic farm where Ms. Price dies. Rios places her body in the meat freezer as a make shift morgue. Rios and Jillian stay at the farm when martial law forces all Floridians shelter in place. She becomes depressed because she cannot reach Aldrich or her mother by phone.  Jillian pleads with Rios to take her to go to her mother who is in a rehab nursing home in Orlando.  Rios refuses, it is not safe to travel.  They finally are forced to leave when the water at the farm becomes contaminated by the toxic tide. Rios and Jillian travel by horseback to a Seminole Indian Reservation.  Rios’ friends on the reservation give them local herbs that work against the toxic tides deadly effects. Jillian is advised them to flee to Gaia, a commune in North Carolina, to prevent her from losing her baby because the toxic tide is known to cause spontaneous miscarriages. In Orlando, Disney World is burning. Jillian's loses hope when she finds her mother is dead in the deserted nursing home. 

Rios and Jillian befriend two sick children Danny and Lisa and take them north where they discover Silver Springs, an oasis from the environmental disaster.  They form a new family and a bond that turns slowly into love as they make a daring escape to Gaia. Jillian believes Aldrich is dead. Jillian, Rios and the kids caught at the Florida border and brought to a refugee camp.  Dr. Reed is desperate to find out what they have been using to maintain their health. Jillian refuses advanced testing because rumor has it that Dr. Reed has been conducting horrible experiments on pregnant women.

Aldrich suddenly appears at Jillian’s cell minus his arm lost to the toxic tide infection. He is surprised by Jillian’s pregnancy and the death of his grandmother and her relationship with Rios.  Feverish and greedy, he lies to everyone, tries to kill Rios, takes the herbs and kidnaps Sergeant Morales forcing him to drive back to Immokalee (into the toxic zone)  in order to get the keys to his grandmothers safe and her fortune. Aldrich kills Sergeant Morales, finds the meat freezer holding his dead grandmother and her keys.  He opens the now defunct meat freezer and is immediately covered with a blossom of green spores of toxic tide. He dies like the Green Man his grandmother was obsessed with. 

Dr. Reed becomes aware of Aldrich’s evil deeds and agrees to take Jillian, Rios, Danny and Lisa to Gaia if they will reveal the process that activates the anti-toxic tide herbs. Standing Tree agrees to share the Seminole secret on how to process the herbs in order eradicate toxic tide if the government gives the Seminoles back all of the Everglades and finances its restoration. The local Seminoles work to save Florida and the world from toxic tide.

Rios and Jillian confesses their love for each other. They accept the offer from Mother Gaia and stay at the sanctuary/commune as farmers. They form a supportive family in a natural environment.

Flash forward... Jillian and Rios live as a loving family with Danny and Lisa on a beautiful herbal farm in Gaia. It is a heavenly setting. Mother Gaia visits the farm. Jillian's baby cries, she is a beautiful baby girl.  Rios picks her up from the crib we see that the beautiful baby has been genetically altered from her exposure to the toxic tide.  The baby is covered with sparkling silver fish scales. 

Script Excerpt
Written by:
Format:
Screenplay
Budget:
Mid
Starring Roles For:
a young Kate Winslett
Young Antonio Banderas type
Clive Owen
In the Vein Of:
Children of Men
Erin Brockovich
Andromeda Strain
Posted:
02/16/2019
Updated:
05/03/2021
Author Bio:
Her background as a nurse practitioner has given Kathleen Werner a unique perspective into the human psyche. Feeling that film has more impact on human behavior than her prior published work in medical journals, she now uses her screenplays to shine a light on the complex nature of the human condition. Kathleen has had three works recognized in screenplay competitions. Kathleen Werner is a Nurse Practitioner living in Naples, Florida. Prior to becoming a screenwriter she has been published in medical journals and has won several local and business writing competitions.

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Contest Results:
StoryPros Awards (Quarterfinalist) [2020]
StoryPros Awards (Quarterfinalist) [2019]