Running Downwind

by Timothy Lewis

In the summer of 1966, stage and film star Mick McFarland is one of America’s most popular celebrities. When his pregnant fiancée is brutally murdered by a sniper hidden atop the University of Texas Tower, Mick disappears deep into the coastal Louisiana swampland to rethink his life.

A year passes before the tabloids discover his location, so he escapes across the Gulf of Mexico in a refurbished sailboat. During a freak tropical storm, he shipwrecks off Padre Island, Texas. Mick’s rescued by Julia Lawrence, a former Dallas waitress who—three years earlier—fled to the same obscure island due to a frightening personal connection with the assassination of JFK.

Mick and Julia become friends. Both desire a deeper relationship, though are blocked by the baggage of their pasts. When a major hurricane batters Padre, they cling to the ancient Mayan legend in their struggle to find faith, forgiveness, and perhaps even … love.

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