A satirical journey of survival and revolution.
With the city of Detroit on the ropes – it’s people struggling for survival – an eclectic cast of characters band together to help save the city from its corruption and downward spiral towards peril and violence. A dystopian, post-apocalyptic crime satire – where the horizon is a 21st century new American frontier – you just have to lift off the soot to uncover the truths. Unfortunately it’s been piled with dirt and violence and a cloud of corruption since it’s first settlers arrived in the early 1700’s.
Lost Detroit weaves together an eclectic cast of characters, lead by native Detroiter Jake Moretti: a savvy everyman and admitted hustler, he has always played by the rules. That’s all about to change. With a real estate business constantly on the precipice of both success and failure, Jake, for the first time in his life, is looking for a way out of Detroit. After a young gang of street soldiers uproots him and his clients from an open house – Jake after years of stubbornness finally accepts that his city might be too far gone.
On a day that seemingly couldn’t get any worse, another Detroit anomaly intercedes. Out to a nice dinner with his fiancé, Samantha, attempting to escape the pain of their dire city, Jake happens to go to the bathroom at exactly the wrong moment. He’s enclosed in a bathroom stall, just when a mafia henchman enters to whack a guy, right on the tiled floor in front of him. The henchman, Frank, discovers Jake hiding in a bathroom stall, hunched on the toilet seat. In order to save himself from being the second mafia hit of the evening, Jake negotiates a deal with Frank: “I’ll help you get it out of here, if you let me go.” Jake and Frank strike up a mutual understanding and the most unlikely rapport.
As Jake falls deeper into the underworld, at first with utter caution – soon with a suave con in mind, he infiltrates other criminal organizations and local politics, at first for his own personal gain and business ventures – he soon realizes a covert vigilante underground network is the key in banding the people together, to take back their city. And protect it. And own it. And run it. Because no one’s looking out for them but themselves. He’ll soon be the adversary of both the high crime lords and government officials; but he realizes they’re one in the same – they both covet power and money at the expense of the masses.
Becoming more impassioned and enraged by the lawlessness of his city and the people hurting within it, Jake forges further into the backrooms of the Detroit gangland. He assembles a cast of characters along the way, Frank first among them, who are willing to subvert their own bosses and livelihoods in order to take on a secret mission to take back their city.
The stakes for survival raise and the rules Jake is willing to bend and break will expand. Following the crazy shenanigans he gets up to with Frank as they try to get a dead body out of a restaurant bathroom, and then out of a functioning restaurant – Jake will find himself in the most surreal predicaments, spanning the spectrum from absurdist to ultra violent – because that is Detroit. Detroit is an fascinating city of hope and wonder because it’s, both, one of a kind, inhabited by rarest of people, yet simultaneously, it’s representative of every city, and of all of us.
A satirical character drama at it's heart, the plot will delve into the city's corrupt politics, social injustice, and race segregation and displacement; all that have left a once vibrant, urban, industrial metropolis, and it's people, to crumble by the wayside. As the story develops, Jake begins seeing a calculated life of crime as the only way to best, both, the criminals and politicians responsible for destroying his city and it's people.