(PRWEB) October 25, 2004
It's midnight in London, and Jackie McCann is alone, and on the run. With all but the clothes on his back, a small amount of money and a letter that could change his life forever, he is determined to make his way to Scotland to find his true identity and to realise his dreams.
For years they told him he was part of their family, and that he had been the sole survivor of the car crash that wiped out his biological parents. But now, his life has been turned upside down upon finding a letter from them - hidden by his adoptive family. A fight ensues and he realises it is time for him to flee the streets of London.
ÂJackie felt his heart pound within his chest; his mouth dry and his forehead hot. Slowly, he pulled the letter from his pocket, and swallowed hard.Â
On the overnight bus to Glasgow he reflects on LondonÂs glamorous faÃ§ade; the hotels, bars, sky-high offices and palaces of Royalty. Katie, a Scottish girl, makes his acquaintance and they form a friendship. He skirts with homelessness and money starts to become a problem. Katie helps him begin his quest, but after she goes missing and her best friend murdered, Jackie soon discovers there is more to her, and his family's background than he could ever have imagined.
Jackie makes a move to Edinburgh as he follows the trail and after a chance encounter, forms a friendship with film producer Paul Brethren during The Edinburgh Festival. They become friends and it seems he has met an ally who can help him fulfil his dreams, as well as his desire to locate his parents. But when Neil, JackieÂs adoptive father, turns up dead behind a renowned gangster bar, and KatieÂs past finally caches up with her, things start to heat up. Jackie realises he must find his family fast if he is to save himself and those he loves. ÂThis shouldnÂt happen to a sixteen year old,Â he tells himself.
HUNTING JACK was inspired by 2004Âs Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Galbraith explained: ÂI see homeless people every day in Edinburgh, and during the Festival they seem to blend into the crowds of performers and audiences that gather in the streets. I started thinking about how easy it would be for a homeless person to stand on a street corner, say they were performing in The Fringe and make some cash. The idea then grew from there Â a runaway boy looking for his family who finds himself homeless in Edinburgh during the festival and having to perform for money, which ironically is his ultimate dream.Â
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COLIN GALBRAITH is 31, lives in Edinburgh and is the author of a string of published short stories and poems. He is currently working on an exciting new novel set in Glasgow in the late 1990s, tentatively entitled A Friend To Die For.
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