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When an autistic boy inherits a mysterious collie from his estranged grandfather, a multi-billion dollar corporation lays claim to the dog, triggering a national frenzy and an adventure that ultimately challenges the boy to make a poignant decision, testing the love of the boy and his collie.


Drama, Family, Young Adult, Action, Adventure,,Adventure,Family

Short Summary

A secret experiment endows a Collie with unusual intelligence. A multi-billion dollar corporation lays claim to the dog and he is taken from the autistic boy he loves. As a national frenzy erupts over this action, the Collie escapes and is pursued through city streets and across Golden Gate Bridge.

The young autistic boy must make a difficult decision that will allow the Collie to remain with him but will deactivate the dog's superior intelligence.


San Francisco, Northern California

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

,poignant,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Kane

Age: 7

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Beautiful, Complex, Decisive, Empathetic, Heroic, Skillful, Engaging, Faithful, Honorable, Secretive, Strong Moral Code,Complex,Faithful,Heroic,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Ben

Age: 10

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Engaging

Additional Character Details

Name: May

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Strong Moral Code, Unapologetic, Aggressive, Blunt, Complex, Empathetic, Honorable, Outspoken, Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Elizabeth

Age: 20

Gender: Female

Role: logical

Key Traits: Aspiring

Development Pitch

Since the day the mysterious collie named Kane had come to live with them, the McLaughlin family's life was indelibly changed. Seeming to possess an intelligence and consciousness unlike any dog they had ever known, he became their devoted protector and infallible friend. To Ben, their young, autistic son, his companionship was essential but daughter Elizabeth was puzzled by Kane’s unwillingness to trust the handsome young man to whom she was attracted. When the family becomes aware that they are being watched from a distance by strangers unknown and when a family secret is exposed, threatening to split them apart, they learn the importance of the collie’s existence in their lives. One dark day a truth is revealed that threatens to tear Kane from the family who loves him, setting off a national frenzy, and drawing him into a daring adventure, which includes a desperate escape across the Golden Gate Bridge. An adventure that will challenge Ben to make a crucial decision and a heart-rending sacrifice that will forever affect the special relationship he and Kane have shared, a decision that could endanger the dog he loves.

About The Author

ACE MASK is a professional actor and voice-over artist. A Vietnam veteran, Ace has worked extensively with his three collies as a certified therapy dog team, working with abused children, appearing in court with his dogs as needed and assisting the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department in the Twin Towers and Men's Central Jail. These experiences have been fictionalized in his second book in this series, "Gentle Hero."

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+,13-17

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-Published

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available