SUSPENSE DRAMA POLITICS
THE BRAVERY OF A YOUNG CENTRAL AMERICAN WOMAN RISKING EVERYTHING TO WIN A BETTER LIFE FOR HERSELF AND HER CHILDREN. THE DETERMINATION AND INTEGRITY OF A GROUP OF US BUSINESSMEN AND POLITICIANS TO UNEARTH CORRUPTION IN THE US GOVERNMENT.
NARCOS, FILTHY RICH (JEFFREY EPSTEIN DOCUMENTARY)
GINA GARCIA, HONDURAN. 28, PRETTY. RAPED AT 14, DETERMINED TO GET HER AND HER CHILDREN OUT OF POVERTY.
ELDON DAVIS, 60. HOTEL MOGUL WHO WANTS TO USE HIS FORTUNE TO HELP OTHERS.
KIMBERLY DAVIS, 60. ELDON'S DIPLOMATIC WIFE, STRONG AND WITH INTEGRITY.
PRESIDENT CLYDE TRENTON, 60S. A TRUMP-LIKE FIGURE WHO IS CRUEL, DUPLICITOUS AND CORRUPT.
HERNANDEZ, HONDURAN, 35. 'TRIPLE D', THE LEADED OF A FEARED GANG. HE IS AS NASTY AS THEY COME, TRAFFICKING IN UNDERAGE GIRLS.
CORY JUKKER, 50S; TRENTON'S PRIVATE ATTORNEY WHO RESIGNS TO HELP ELDON'S TEAM BRING HIM DOWN.
MARIA GARCIA, 30, GINA'S ESTRANGED BUT LOVING SISTER.
PACO CORTEZ, EL SALVADOREAN, 35. LEADER OF THE MS-13 GANG WHOSE BROTHER WAS MURDERED BY HERNANDEZ. HE DATES MARIA, AND WANTS REVENGE.
Gina Garcia a young Honduran mother and her two kids' harrowing run for the US border. But Gina carries a secret only the American President and his agents know. She must be stopped at all cost before ever reaching BORDER HOUSE. Will she make it? Run with Gina.
Target Gender: Universal
San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Washington D.C., El Paso, Texas, Mexico, Central America
Based on a True Story
Status: Yes: self-published
Publisher: FRANK JULIUS CSENKI
Year Published: 2019
Gina fears for her two children being caught up in the violence of Honduras. She harbours a secret since her early teens and must escape with the evidence in hand. The time has come and she is forced to make her move on a journey filled with desperation, hope and danger at every turn.
Eldon and Kimberley, who build the Border House facilities along the US Border save Gina and her kids when all hope seems lost enabling her to confront the President of the United States with a devastating blow on national television that ends up bringing down his presidency, restoring her honor.
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Mature Audience Themes
Plot - Other Elements
Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions
Plot - Premise
Overcoming Monster/Villain,Rags to Riches,Tragedy
Main Character Details
Name: Gina Garcia
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Desperate,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic,Honorable,Educated,Modest,Selfless,Skillful,Visionary
Additional Character Details
Name: Eldon Davis
Key Traits: Aspiring,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Selfless,Skillful,Outspoken,Visionary,Sophisticated
Additional Character Details
Name: Kimberley Davis
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable
Additional Character Details
Name: Clyde Trenton
Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Clumsy,Criminal,Desperate,Greedy,Educated,Insecure,Villainous,Power Hungry,Unapologetic
BORDER HOUSE Step into Gina Garcia's shoes on her harrowing journey from Honduras to the US/Mexico border. A young mother with two children, yearning for freedom and a future in the land where streets are paved with gold. A gut-wrenching story of hope and survival along the trail. They like thousands, run to escape the violent gangs of Central America. She runs to save her young son from turning into a gangland killer and her daughter from the sex traffickers. Their destiny is America, but America doesn't want them. Gina Garcia carries a secret only the American President and his agents know. They must be found and stopped at all costs before reaching the broken, promised land. She runs for the border only to lose more than she could ever hope to find. Who will save Gina and her children from the claws that chase? Border House is the answer. A story of the human spirit and its unending desire to live and die in search of freedom. Border House will have you in tears of despair with no one left to trust and nowhere left to go. And tears of joy just when you think all is lost forever. A book for our times and political climate like never before. A story that will have you looking deep within yourself. The fourth book in the Hotel/Casino Adventure Series. Border House presents a paradigm shift in the US/Mexico border crisis, US immigration services, and US/Mexico cross-border migrant/refugee management.
SUSPENSE, DRAMA, POLITICS
A Honduran woman flees from gang life with her twin children. Her big secret is that they were sired by the current US President when she was 15. A group of pro-immigrant moguls and politicians thankfully comes to her aid.
Authors Writing Style: FAIR
Franchise Potential: FAIR
Accuracy of Book Profile
A thrilling journey in which a poor Honduran woman and her twin children, secretly sired by the current US President, makes a brave run for freedom - and end up being helped by a newly-formed pro-immigrant group.
Draw of Story
The plight of a Central American single mother making a brave run for a better life for her kids.
The American leads have too much over-expository dialogue in which the author 'explains' everything instead of couching it in dramatic scenes.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The corruption of the US President in a Jeffrey Epstein-like scenario, in which he had sex with an underage girl 12 years before.
The subject is very topical, with the themes of immigrants coming to the US and the dire conditions they face at the border. Additionally, the subject of the US President with a backstory of pedophilia is highly compelling.
Possibly. The narrative is very suspenseful and Gina is a great lead. Eldon and the others suffer from too much over-expository dialogue but this could be changed in an adaptation.
Similar Films/TV Series
NARCOS, FILTHY RICH (JEFFREY EPSTEIN DOCUMENTARY).
What’s New About the Story
The concept of the titular Border House, immigration 'hotels' where migrants can be house in safety and comfort, is an intriguing idea. Gina's brave attempt from rags to riches is very relatable.
Gina is a determined young woman who has to overcome great odds to win a better life for her and her children. Eldon is well-drawn but a bit self-congratulatory.
Uniqueness of Story
Not really. The narrative could be improved by cutting out a lot of over-expository dialogue which 'tells' the story instead of showing it. Suspense could be increased even more with some chase scenes or narrow escapes for Gina and Eldon and his team.
Film: Studio TV Series: Streaming
Very topical subject - immigration and the #MeToo aspect of a US president with a dark backstory. Gina is a strong, relatable female lead and the political scenes are handled well.
A poor Honduran single mother sets out on an epic journey to the American border, determined to win a better life for her and her children. She has a big secret in her back pocket: her kids were sired by the current US President when she was 14 and trafficked by a gang leader.
What We Liked
Very topical subject that audiences will be intrigued by. Touches on the #MeToo movement of Jeffrey Epstein, with a fictional president revealed to be a pedophile. It also takes a hard look at immigration policies in the US and shows that wealthy independents could help out if they wanted.
Film: Good for a thriller/suspense, with a strong, sympathetic female lead setting out on a journey against all odds.
TV: Great as a streaming series.
Key points: Strong female lead with a convincing motive to escape a tough situation. Exotic foreign location. Topical politics showing corruption in the US government. Believable political scenes and figures. Well-maintained suspense.
Honduras, present day. GINA GARCIA (28, beautiful) lives in a poor part of town, working as a cigar roller in a factory while supporting her twins, SERGIO and VANIA (girl), both 12. Their town is run by a feared gang, the Cuernos del Diablo (Horns of the Devil), aka CDD, whose members have black horns tattooed on their foreheads. Their leader is HERNANDEZ (mid 30s), known as ‘Triple D’. Now he sends a couple of his thugs to confront Gina, ordering him to send Sergio for his ‘initiation’ into the gang in which he will have to kill someone – or his family will die. Gina dreaded this day and she determines to put her long-planned escape into action….
Meanwhile, in Bermuda, hotel mogul ELDON DAVIS (60) and his wife KIMBERLEY (60), a former US State diplomat, are meeting with their old friends BILLY (a former fighter pilot), FELIX (former PR manager for Eldon’s hotels) and LOUIS (former marketing for Eldon, all 60): he has an important proposition for them. Having made his fortune, Eldon wants to give back. He and Kimberley have been appalled by the current White House administration’s, under President Clyde Trenton, approach to border control, separating hundreds of children from their parents and housing them in horrible conditions. Eldon plans to create hundreds of nicer facilities, ‘Border House’, managed like hotels. Families will be kept together and live in safe, clean conditions while they await their immigration and asylum processing.
PRESIDENT TRENTON’s (60s, think Trump) private attorney, CORY JUKKER (50s), is on another flight down to Honduras to pay hush money, $150,000 to Hernandez, whom he despises. He is a drug dealer and sex trafficker, specializing in ‘Virgenistas’, 12-year-old girls or younger he offers to his clients for big bucks. When Cory turns down the ‘gift’ of such a virgin, he’s appalled when Hernandez rapes her in front of him. In fact, Gina was a Virgenista, forced into it to get money to pay for medical bills for her sick father, giving him another couple of years of life. Her twins are a product of that rape.
Eldon, Kimberly and their three friends meet with MIKE LANCE (50s), Secretary of Homeland Security, and DREW McCOY (50s), Secretary of State, to get their blessing for their Border House project.
They are pleased to learn that it has the backing of the President and both Houses, in gratitude to the Davises for defeating a terrorist plot several years before. Eldon and his team are all given special Homeland Security status, technically putting them in charge of ICE and other authorities, although they know it’s going to cause confusion on the ground with them giving orders. Meanwhile, PETE JERICHO (40s), Trenton’s Chief of Staff, knows that his boss is only ‘supporting’ the large migrant caravans in order to be seen turning them away at the border and giving the appearance that he is tough on immigration.
Gina gathers the kids and tells them to pack: they are going to visit her sister, MARIA (30), in El Salvador, where she lives with PACO CORTEZ (mid 30s), the leader of Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, a rival gang to Hernandez’s. Gina takes Sergio aside and tells him the truth: she was a Virgenista and she’s now recognized the man who raped her by the small birthmark on his neck: it’s none other than President Trenton! He’s been paying hush money to the gang leader to keep their identity secret.
When Hernandez’s goons get to Gina’s house the next day, to pick up Sergio, they find them gone. Hernandez is furious and orders them to be found. Eldon and his wife are invited to the White House for a special medal ceremony for their part in taking down terrorists a year before. Their daughter CATHY (30), a surgeon, joins them – and also joins their Border House team as a medical consultant for the clinics which will be in every building. While there, Eldon is approached by DAMOND FURST (50s), a hard-core muck-raking journalist who implies that there’s a ‘fly in the ointment’.
Later, Damond slips Cory photographs taken 12 years ago on Trenton’s palatial yacht when he was visiting Honduras, showing Hernandez bringing his Virgenista girls on board: Trenton is clearly visible with them, along with FISHER (50s), the Undersecretary of Homeland Security, and ROMANO MARTINO (Honduran, 50s), the Honduran Defense Minister. Cory now suspects that Trenton is the father of the two kids he sends hush money to keep secret. Fed up with his part in it, Cory tells Trenton he’s resigning.
Gina arrives in El Salvador where Maria is surprised to see her, but immediately sympathetic when Gina tells her why she’s come. Gina knows that Hernandez killed Paco’s brother in a horrible way, binding him naked to a tree with barbed wire and then shooting him multiple times. She counts on him wanting revenge to help her. She has a plan to lure him out, kidnapping Gabriela Martino, the daughter of the Honduran Defense Minister who is one of Hernandez’s clients. They will hold her hostage until he kills Hernandez. In return, Paco will supply MS-13 protection (guards Roberto and Carlos) to escort them through Guatemala into Mexico to join a migrant caravan there. When he finds out that Gina and his kids have gone missing, Trenton orders Fisher to find them by going down to Mexico under the guise of installing facial recognition cameras to document immigrants.
The kidnap plan goes off without a hitch. Gabriela records a frightened message to her father and Paco sends his demands to Martino. Hernandez is captured by the military and transported to a remote forest location where they strip him and bind him to a tree with barbed wire. Paco is then able to exact his revenge, cutting off Hernandez’s balls and taking out his heart while he’s still alive. Once the gangster’s body is found, Martino is then hailed as a hero for ending his reign of terror. Gabriela is returned safely to her father.
Eldon and his team are angry when, after opening the flagship Border House in El Paso, TX, to acclaim, they receive orders from the President that it’s to be shut down, the project seen as a ‘threat’ to National Security. When Cory sees the news, he knows something is up and figures Trenton’s illegitimate children are on their way to the US where their identity could destroy his presidency. Cory calls Eldon who flies to meet him, along with Mike Lance of Homeland Security. He shows them the incriminating photos given to him by Damond Furst, revealing Trenton raped an underage girl. He also admits that he’s delivered hush money from the President to Hernandez for the last twelve years to keep the kids’ identity secret.
Gina and the kids are scared when DHS swoops in and separates them, having identified them through facial recognition at the migrant registration base. They are drugged and flown back to Honduras on separate plans. Gina is taken to a women’s prison while the children are taken to an orphanage. They are given different names to hide their identities. Eldon and Kimberley fly to Honduras to try and figure things out. They meet with MORALES, the photographer used to take annual ‘proof of life’ pics of Gina and the kids to blackmail Trenton. He takes them to Gina’s empty apartment where Eldon finds a newspaper cutting about the migrant caravans in Mexico. He assumes from Fisher’s presence down there that Trenton must have found them. Eldon prints up thousands of flyers and drops them into the tent city, where a family recognize Gina and confirm that they were taken away by DHS. As a reward, the family is given a fast-track path to US citizenship.
Fisher stupidly used government planes to transport Gina and the kids and so Eldon is able to track down the military pilots who confirm the presence of a drugged female and two children. They were told that Gina was a terrorist. Better still, their planes have CCTV cameras and have recorded footage of the drugged trio, and Fisher talking with Martino. Eldon and his team, including Mike, meet with Drew McCoy, the Undersecretary of State, and present their growing cache of damning evidence against the president. He is appalled. They fly down to meet with Honduran PRESIDENT RODRIGUEZ (50s), under the guise of a diplomatic mission. Once they have Martino safely surrounded by US Embassy military guards, they reveal the truth to the President: Martino is a pedophile. Martino is arrested on the spot and forced to give up the location of the kids. They rescue Gina first who has sadly attempted suicide by cutting her wrists. Eldon’s daughter Cathy is able to administer life-saving help before they transport her back to the Embassy medical clinic. Gina regains consciousness in time to have a tearful reunion with her children.
Eldon and his friends, Drew and Mike, and Gina and the kids, all return to the States on Eldon’s private jet and meet with Vice President CAROL BANCROFT (40s). She is appalled as they present all of the evidence and reveal that Gina’s kids were fathered by Trenton when she was 15. Carol calls an emergency meeting of the Heads of State and makes a formal presentation of the evidence in a conference room. They are shocked and disgusted to learn the truth about Trenton and vote in favor of the 25h Amendment to immediately remove the President from office. The Vice President and the Heads of State confront Trenton, bringing in Gina and her kids as proof. Trenton’s face turns pale! Gina now reveals a tiny flask, a sample of Trenton’s semen from the night he raped her. Trenton is arrested, as well as Fisher and Carol is sworn in as President.
Carol informs Gina and the kids that they have automatic US citizenship and she also presents her with her father’s guitar, left behind at her apartment, which they retrieved for her. Eldon flies back to El Paso where the first Border House opens, welcoming thousands of grateful refugees. Trenton stands trial and is found guilty. He is sentenced to 75 years in prison and has to pay unpaid child supporting totaling twenty million to Gina. She and the kids can now live in the comfort she aspired to. Sergio will go on to graduate from the Naval Academy while Vania becomes a theme park graphic artist. They live in Florida. Gina successfully runs for Congress.