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Synopsis: 20/20 is a story about the adventures of a boy, as told through journal entries he makes as an older man, living in a future world whose inhabitants have learned to adapt to harsh economic and environmental conditions brought about by the ruinous exploitation and degradation of the natural world by the human species. The story about how humankind reached a point of no return in the 2020s unfolds in the journal entries made by this unnamed man of the future, who becomes known as the “Captain”, a nickname bestowed upon him (along with a fisherman’s cap) by Harrison, a man who befriends the boy in the year 2020, and eventually becomes his mentor.
Readers follow the story of the Captain of the future, and how he became the leader of the famed village on Biscayne Bay, struggling to cope with violent environmental challenges, and became a mentor in his own right to Angela, a young “girl” who ventures with him on a voyage to Florida’s West coast in a vessel called Vision Quest to learn the story of the Captain's past, and to seek out the answer to the question: What ever happened to Harrison, the Captain’s mom (known as “White Eagle”), his sister (now known as “White Feather”) and Calusa, the Amazon Princess Warrior?
It has been said that a worthy endeavor of literature will move the reader to laugh, to shed a tear, and to reveal something about the world.
Readers of 20/20 have said that they have experienced all three.
Thumbnail: A man living in a future world beset by environmental challenges tells the story, set in the past, of what life was like for him as a boy who, along with his mom and little sister, struggles to survive, with the help of a mysterious hermit, an Amazon Princess Warrior, and the remnants of a lost tribe of indigenous peoples, in what was then, in the 2020s, a changing world beset by violent storms, economic collapse and families being torn apart at the seams.