Title: “One More Christmas”
Genre: Drama – Romance: Central Hero, Character Driven, Faith Based, Family Friendly, Love Story. Overcoming Obstacles, Rural Setting, Strong Male Lead, Teens, Wide Audience, Tragedy, War - Military.
Author: Steven B. Newman
Logline: Leo Harper is a Wounded Warrior who must reconcile his life with the reality of his new capabilities in order to find his true purpose.
Synopsis: A Veteran with a soldier’s heart finds new purpose in life after making peace with God, at home, surrounded by family, immersed with love. Set with the back drop of “Bode’s Christmas Tree Farm,” the story is set into motion as Leo Harper finally starts opening up to Dr. Birmingham about his life and how he was raised by his great grandfather, Vernon Bode.
Bode is a Vietnam Veteran who lives by the tradition of the “Wolf’s Code,” which he uses as a teaching tool after taking on the responsibility of raising Leo and his older brother, Brian. Bode shows the teens how to become men and how to treat people with respect and dignity. He shows them how to work, how to play, and more importantly, how to recognize true love and what it really means to be a warrior.
After returning from war, Leo begins to balance his own expectations for himself against the certainty of his injuries. He struggles to overcome the debilitating effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by the event that changed his life, forever. He learns to trust again, to love again, and how to express his emotions. Leo finds peace through God, surrounded by family and his prayer for just one more Christmas with loved ones is answered. In the end, he comes to realize his new purpose in life; helping others, especially veterans in their time of need.