A rural Agriculture Pilot's bizarre criminal past comes back to collect, and the only means to his estranged family's survival is their involvement working for The Perch; an illegal concierge service catering to the whims of the rich and demented.
RUSH DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
"RAYS OF DARKNESS is a script that possesses several of the same elements that made golden-age TV series such as BREAKING BAD and THE SOPRANOS fan favorites."
-THE BLACK LIST
After years of burying his impeccable criminal past, Anti-Hero Greg Ryan, a greasy old crop duster and family man from rural Bakersfield, CA, comes out of criminal retirement to yet again mastermind bizarre and illegal jobs for The Perch; a strange syndicate that offers to satisfy the evil whims of an elite society for boatloads of cash.
Greg, aka “Redneck MacGyver”, has an exclusively brilliant gift for problem solving and concocting genius-level plans, yet lacks common social graces and an emotional connection with his family. When Greg is threatened to pay his debt back to his dangerous ex partner Felix Castillo, proprietor of The Perch and fall guy who served prison time for both of their crimes... Greg plunges his whole family deep into the underworld in a risky gambit to keep them alive.
“A MODERN DAY BONNIE AND CLYDE”
Imagine if you and your true love had lived a life of crime and gotten away with it. What if you then chose to change your ways, start a family and bury that past life for good… only then to have consequences come knocking on your door 15 years later? That’s exactly what happens to our protagonist couple Greg and Debbie Ryan. Forced out of criminal retirement, Greg’s savvy and Debbie’s patience have worn thin. Age, conscience and children have changed them in ways to which they never thought they’d go back to their old lives. Now, they must not only embrace their old selves, but they’re going to need the help of their capable sons in order to keep them from paying the ultimate price for their past sins. What would it be like if kids had to bail their parents out of trouble... by becoming criminals? Greg and Debbie will have the ultimate challenge of either owning up to their crimes and dealing with the deadly consequences that might fall upon their children… OR, being complicit in more crime in order to keep their sons alive.
We ask the question: Is their morality in choosing the lesser of two evils?
“REAP WHAT YOU SOW”
Like a moth to the flame, we have an unyielding attraction for self destruction.
Rays of Darkness is the gritty, moral unraveling of a family whose future has been sabotaged by their Father’s poor decisions. Rather than run from his past, this Father embraces the idea that he can outsmart the Devil; but he’ll have to drag his family through hell first to save them from it.