Max Wheeler is a veteran TV foreign correspondent. He has spent a great deal of his
life traveling to the world’s hot spots, interviewing presidents and dictators, covering
war zones, and bringing to light general stories of interest. He has led a very full
life, but he hasn’t always found time for self-
When his much younger wife dies, Max is shaken to his core. For a while Max spirals into a personal meltdown. In an effort to deal with his loss, Max resolves to lose himself in his career, including traveling to cover a crisis in the refugee camps on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. For a while he begins to focus less on his own loss and more on the plight of others.
But there are changes at the television network. And, when he flies home, he finds his network has some wacky plans for him, which Max rejects. He now finds himself unemployed and his meltdown continues.
While attempting to deal with his grief Max browses in a Los Angeles book store. There he meets the beautiful, young Angelina who introduces him to a fascinating commune in the Hollywood Hills. Still trying to manage his grief, Max has a riotous sexual misadventure with Angelina, forcing him to flee in embarrassment.
Max takes strength from his friends – Al, Mos and Harry – and re-
With a major shift in the television broadcasting market there are no jobs available,
but he’s offered a job hosting a new reality-
Max is sent to cover stories on headhunters in the jungles of Borneo and glue-
As Max sits with his ailing mother in Miami, memories of his childhood flood back. He muses on the fact that he hasn’t cried since he was a small child.
Amy tells Max he is to be given own show, but the deal falls though when the company is sold, leaving him with no job at all.
When Max is caught up in a hostage situation with an Iraq War veteran the trauma affects him profoundly. Later, in his apartment, Max collapses in the shower.
A sixtieth birthday party is held for Max. All his family and friends attend, including Max’s new girlfriend, Laura. It’s an emotional experience for Max, especially after he sings a special little song with his young grandson Toby. For the first time since he was a child, Max finds tears running down his cheeks.
© 2014 Martin Guinness