The Long Road

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Daniel Oliver

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College student Hank Galloway dreams of working as an engineer for NASA, but his struggles with mental illness threaten to derail both his professional and personal goals.


Family, Drama,,Drama

Short Summary

Hank Galloway suffers a series of breakdowns in the midst of his studies to become a mechanical engineer. He must overcome the obstacles presented by these breakdowns, as well as his rigorous coursework, to eventually work for NASA.

The night before Hank's final project presentation, he begins to have a breakdown, but he manages to pull himself together and give a stellar performance the next morning, setting him on the path to graduation and work at NASA.


Bay Area, California and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Happy Ending, Philosophical Questions,,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity, Language/Profanity, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Hank Galloway

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming, Beautiful, Honorable, Obedient, Perseverance, Romantic, Underdog, Aspiring, Empathetic, Faithful, Masculine, Selfless, Educated,Crazy,Aspiring,Visionary,Educated,Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Brent Galloway

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Aggressive, Blunt, Complex, Decisive, Greedy, Narcissistic, Outspoken,Narcisstic,Greedy,Blunt

Additional Character Details

Name: Tom

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Badass, Blunt, Educated, Faithful, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Aspiring, Confident, Decisive, Leader,Adventurous,Faithful,Engaging,Leader,Educated

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

Based partly on his own experiences, Daniel Oliver's THE LONG ROAD will take the viewer on an incredible journey. Protagonist Hank Galloway battles his mental illness on his way to securing a job with NASA. He navigates through the obstacles presented by his disorder while completing his studies as a mechanical engineer. This drama, comparable to A BEAUTIFUL MIND and GOOD WILL HUNTING, is sure to leave the viewer with hope for those suffering from a mental disorder.

About The Author

Daniel Oliver has bachelor's degrees in both Spanish and Physician Assistant Studies. In writing his debut novel, THE LONG ROAD, he drew inspiration from his experience as a Physician Assistant in a psychiatry ward and his own struggles with mental illness and hospitalizations. Oliver is a resident of Baltimore, Maryland, where he enjoys the single life--and the oysters.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Individuals suffering from mental illness and their family and friends.

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available