Benson Chalmers was once an award winning photo-journalist, having traveled all across the globe documenting wars, natural disasters, revolution… through his lenses, he brought to focus the triumph and heartbreak of the world.
Since then, through a series of events that are explainable in context but sound ludicrous on their own, Benson has become addicted to a cocktail of pills and been blacklisted by all reputable newspapers and magazines of the Western world.
Working as a lowly paparazzi, he stumbles across evidence that Hilary Leonardo, heir to the Leonardo Family fortune, is having an affair outside of her marriage. Thinking he can leverage this scandalous information into a hefty payout from her conservative grandfather Chapman “Chappie” Leonardo (and Patriarch of the Leonardo Family), Benson brings the photographic evidence to Chappie’s office on the 87th floor of the Leonardo Building in the hopes of achieving some easy blackmail.
Chappie reveals that he has known about this affair for many months now, and is not concerned with what his harlot of a granddaughter does with her life. His own security detail that follows his granddaughter caught Benson and his camera snooping around, so Chappie personally prepared a dossier and his own bit of return-blackmail towards Benson… Benson’s attempts to get multiple prescriptions illegally have left him easily vulnerable.
Instead of these weak attempts to blackmail the other, Chappie proposes an alternative—
10 years ago, Chappie suffered a stroke that the family was able to keep from the media. He was in a coma for 6 months, and when he awoke he suffered from long term amnesia. He can’t remember much from before the stroke, and he doesn’t trust his family enough to believe what they tell him his memories are. Simply put, he believes they are lying to him.
He will hire Benson to investigate and research his past, so that he can learn what he has forgot.
Benson happily accepts; the thought of a steady paycheck and intriguing assignment revitalizing him.
Soon, Benson realizes he is in way over his head.
TO BE CONTINUED—