Series Logline: Five years after the world depletes its oil reserves, a group of cyclists led by 19-year old Briar Dunlap has banded together to ferry food deliveries to the locals in Pahokee, Pennsylvania in order to keep the town afloat during the crisis. But when a group of corporate oil moguls come to Pahokee claiming that the town is rich in shale oil, not only is Briar’s new way of living put at risk, but the future of her town is at stake.

 

Pilot Logline: When Earl, one of Briar’s younger Riders, goes missing, she must retrace his steps to find what became of him. As she pursues his trail, she discovers that there is something more sinister behind his disappearance.

 

PILOT SUMMARY

 

Before the deadly frost of winter sets in, Briar harvests the last of the autumn crop with her young sister, Sally. Josie Gannon, mother to one of Briar’s Pahokee Riders, approaches the greenhouse and tells Briar that her youngest, Earl has been missing for the last two nights. Briar has no information to give her, but when she leaves, Briar sets out on her bike to go to Marcus Cole’s farm, to pick up a delivery of food and retrace Earl’s steps. Cole has not seen Earl Gannon since his last pickup, so when Briar’s girlfriend Sarah rides up to accompany her on her food delivery route, the two join up and decide to go to the first stop of Earl’s route.

They arrive together at the Miller’s home, and find that Earl never made it to his first delivery. Hoping Earl’s friends might have an idea of his whereabouts, they ride to Pahokee High and discover that on the night of his disappearance, he was at a bonfire with his friends at the abandoned Hatch Sawmill. Briar and Sarah find his shipment of food discarded at the sawmill, his bike and wagon nowhere to be found, and follow Earl’s trail into the forest.

As they search, they discover Earl’s bike abandoned beside a hidden lockbox buried in the middle of the woods, and car tire tracks leading away. They explore further, and through the line of trees, Briar sees a body floating in a swamp. Briar plunges into the thick sludge, and with Sarah’s help, drags the body to shore. It is Earl Gannon, his body bloated and face mottled. The side of his head is caved in, and a string of bruises stretches around his neck. With night closing in around them, Briar and Sarah decide to bring the corpse home to Earl’s parents. The two of them arrive at the Gannon’s home, and watch from the drive as Josie catches the first glimpse of her dead son, and collapses, wailing in agony. Briar rides home alone, and takes solace with her sister Sally that night as she mourns Earl. Meanwhile, at the Pahokee Police Department, as Deputy Alan Donahue is exiting the morgue where Earl is laid to rest, an unknown business man approaches him. He asks whether the girls found anything else out in the woods, and requests that the police bring them in for questioning before leaving the station.

SERIES SUMMARY

    Earl Gannon, a young Pahokee Rider, goes missing. Briar and Sarah find him dead in a creek under suspicious circumstances. They attend Earl’s wake, where the police come to question Briar, and when they are thrown out by Josie, the police run Briar off the road after the wake and forcibly take her in with the excuse that she is out past town curfew. They tell her there has been a robbery of the town’s oil reserves, and they are calling in all suspects. Officer Donahue questions Briar about Earl and her alibi. He allows Simpkins to have a private audience with her. Afterwards, Sarah patches Briar up and they discuss suspicions of foul play. They have a serious discussion about their future. Simpkins approaches the Gannons about selling their land.

     Briar comes to pick up a delivery,  and Cole tells her that Simpkins approached him. He explains that Simpkins said the state ban on fracking has been lifted and that Vero Oil plans on opening up a series of wells.  Briar goes to police to demand answers, and she is told there will be a town meeting in the local church next day. She and the Riders go and listen to town debate. Simpkins claims he has an official permit from state governor saying the ban on fracking in Pahokee has been lifted. Most in town are in favor. When Briar tries to speak out, she is shut down and accused of lying about Earl’s death. She resolves to find more evidence that either the ban is a lie, or Vero involved in Earl’s death. Briar instructs Tucker and Elsie to tail Simpkins and find out where Vero HQ is based. They discover it’s in an old office building and the trio go there at night and break in. They split up. Briar finds a room in which all the oil reserves are being stored. The police show up and they are caught. Briar creates a distraction for the kids and is roughed-up and put in town jail for the night.

    Briar is bailed out by Simpkins himself, who attempts to warn her off, yet Briar insists. When Briar returns home, she finds that Rosemarie signed an agreement with Simpkins to sell land (Sally sees her anger and takes it personally). Briar corners Simpkins, rips up agreement, and throws cash back in his face. She threatens him to stay away and leave Pahokee or she will expose Vero. Simpkins threatens to take more than just the woods if she doesn’t back off. Cole sells his farm to Simpkins. The Riders’ future is at stake. Sarah warns Briar off, but Briar won’t listen, and they fight.  Briar is approached by Donahue, who confesses his role in Earl’s death.  In repayment, gets through a message for her from dispatchers so that she can arrange a “call” with the state official, and present proof at a town meeting of the forgery. Briar goes to library to print and post flyers for the meeting and tries to get Riders to help post, but they won’t. They want Simpkins’ money. They say their family need it.  Sally interrupts, tells Briar that Rosemarie is missing and Sally can’t find her.

     Briar finds Rosemarie doped out her mind, finds that she bought the drugs with cash from Simpkins’ that she had hidden from Briar. Briar brings her home and instructs Sally to look after her.  Briar leaves (with Tucker and Elsie) planning to molotov the Vero Oil office building and chase them off.  Sarah won’t come and the two are at a stalemate. Briar leaves. They hold an attack on Vero HQ; a firefight with the police. Briar is out all night. The next day, Simpkins sends Vero Oil goons and Donahue to the Dunlap residence to “evacuate” their home for demolition, claiming they own the property now, and must make room for a well.  Sally hides in the home and Rosemarie is evacuated.  Sarah stops by, sees the evacuation, and rushes to grab Briar. She gets to Briar too late. They rush back to the Dunlap home, but it’s already in flames, and Sally discovered trapped inside.  The police start to put out the blaze, but it’s too late.

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS

 

[BRIAR DUNLAP] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 18-25]

Briar is a 19-yr old African-American girl, who grew up in a small family in Pahokee, Pennsylvania. Since the global oil crisis, she has become the leader in her household, and a mother-figure to her young half- sister, Sally. She has been secretly dating her classmate Sarah Hammond for several years now. She was a paperboy for her town’s newspaper before the oil crisis, but when locals ran out of gas, she turned her bicycle route into a food delivery service, delivery rations to townspeople for a fee. She calls her business, and the kids who ride with her, the Pahokee Riders.

 

[SARAH HAMMOND] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 18-25]

Caucasian, muscularly built, with bleached blonde hair styled in a pageboy haircut. Sarah Hammond is Briar’s girlfriend. They used to work on the same newspaper route together, and that is where the met. Sarah lives in an abusive household, in a trailer park at the edge of town. She helps out with the Pahokee Riders, but has always had dreams of leaving Pahokee behind and starting a fresh, new life.

 

[SALLY DUNLAP] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 7-10]

African-American, with a slight body and short hair. Sally Dunlap is Briar’s half-sister. Her biological father, Oscar Beaty, died of a drug overdose when she was very young. Sally looks to Briar for guidance, and as a role model.

 

[ROSEMARIE DUNLAP] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 36-50]

African-American, slight, gaunt, and withered; a dancer’s physique, very long hair. Rosemarie Dunlap is the mother of Briar and Sally Dunlap. She has battled with an addiction to prescription opiates her entire life. Since the oil crisis, her health has gone into rapid decline, and since the access to opiates has decreased incredibly, Rosemarie is often searching for ways to get a fix in order to “normalize” herself. She is often struggling with symptoms of withdrawal, and spends most of her days since the crisis inside the Dunlap’s home, mostly catatonic. Since losing her husband, Oscar, she had been emotionally bereft.

 

[JOSIE GANNON] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 40-50]

Caucasian, frizzy brown hair, a small build. Josie Gannon has lived in Pahokee her entire life, and her family is her world.

 

[JERRY GANNON] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 40-50]

Caucasian, medium build, kind face, curly light blonde hair. Jerry Gannon is Josie’s second husband, and father to all of her sons.

 

[EARL GANNON] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 11-15]

Caucasian, slight build, freckled, short blonde hair. He is featured only as a corpse. Earl Gannon is Josie Gannon’s youngest son, out of five children. He is rambunctious and adventurous, which often gets him into trouble. In the pilot, he has gone missing, and when Briar and Sarah follow his trail, they find his corpse in a local bog called the Drinking Hole. He was killed, unintentionally, when roughhoused by police in the woods, and his body dumped in the bog to look like an accident.

 

[MARCUS COLE] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 50-65]

Caucasian, stout, muscular, thinning white hair. Marcus Cole is the head of the Cole Family Farm in Pahokee, Pennsylvania. Since the oil crisis, his business has been suffering, has so much of his farm equipment is currently inoperable without gas, but he has also become the town’s main source of food. Briar picks up produce from his farm and delivers it the townspeople. He has only one remaining family member on the farm helping him, his nephew Peter.

 

[ELSIE WINN] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 11-15]

Young girl who was one of the earliest Pahokee Riders. She looks up to Briar Dunlap and loves the familial bond that the gang gives her. Elsie is energetic, compassionate, and competitive. She is used to having to prove herself and that can make her defensive sometimes. 

 

[TUCKER UNDERWOOD] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 11-15]

A practical, analytical, and warmhearted kid. He’s one of the Pahokee Riders and Elsie’s partner on her route. He's a planner, and it takes a lot to get him to blow up. 

 

[PAM MILLER] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 45-50] 

Caucasian, stout, round build, short brown hair. Pam Miller is the wife to Ryan Miller. She resents the Pahokee Riders.

 

[RYAN MILLER] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 45-55]

Caucasian, tall, muscular, barrel-chested, shaggy black hair. Husband to Pam Miller, Ryan resents the Pahokee Riders, and the fact that Briar is making money off of him because of the oil crisis. He comes from an old conservative family that is very racist and very homophobic.

 

[EDDIE] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 11-15]

Caucasian, slight build, freckled, short brown hair. Eddie is one of Earl Gannon’s good school friends. The school only runs on a voluntary basis after the crisis, but his mother forces him to walk to school every day. Eddie often skips, and goes out drinking and smoking with Earl and his friends.

 

[ALAN DONAHUE] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 30-40]

Caucasian, round build, short brown hair. Alan Donahue is a family man, he has been working for the Pahokee Police Department for the last twenty years as deputy, under Captain Benavidez. He has stood by and watched a lot of corrupt activities slide through the PPD, but his main concern is providing for his family. He was there when Earl Gannon died, but is keeping it a secret.

 

[NORMAN SIMPKINS] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 40-45] 

Caucasian, slight build, very clean cut, short brown hair. Norman Simpkins is a scout for Vero Oil Co., who works on commission, attempting to make deals with towns and towns people to construct new oil wells and turn a profit. He is working with the Pahokee Police Department to get the townspeople on his side.

 

EPISODE BREAKDOWNS

 

EPISODE 2: UNBROKEN CIRCLE

Briar and the Riders get ready for Earl’s wake, Briar gives a pep talk. At the wake, Tucker and some of the Riders try to sneak a drink. Briar tries to approach Mrs. Gannon, but is pulled aside by Mr. Gannon. Mr. Gannon suggests that she and the Riders leave soon, points out Briar’s reputation within the town. Briar reluctantly stays and sees that police are present. Briar ducks into bathroom and finds Sarah crying inside. They comfort each other. Sheriff Benavedez confronts them. Briar challenges her. Donahue catches Tucker drinking, and the police and Riders start to make a scene. Josie blows up at them all. Briar tries to apologize to Josie, but backs down. The Riders pack up and begin riding home. The curfew lights cut out. Briar, preoccupied, splits up with Sarah, saying she wants to go back to that lockbox out in the wood. Sarah warns against it. Riding along the road, police car headlights flash on and they follow her. The car chases her down, and Briar rides off the road, crashing. The police stop and pick her up struggling, put her in the car, and ride off, leaving her bike behind.

 

EPISODE 3: COPPERHEAD

Briar sits in interrogation room, waiting restlessly. Donahue comes in with water. Briar argues for release. Donahue says she was out past curfew,  suggesting that she might be under suspicions for Earl’s death. He tells her she’s been brought in for questioning concerning a robbery of the town oil reserves. Donahue leaves, leaving Briar to “cool off”. Outside the room, Simpkins confronts Donahue, convinces him to let him talk to Briar, Benavedez approves. Simpkins comes in and introduces himself. He questions Briar regarding her search for Earl, stating that it’s to “solidify her alibi,” but he begins to ask probing questions. Briar conceals her knowledge of the lockbox. He presents the scrap of fabric from her shirt, but she doesn’t fess up. Both know that she knows. Simpkins leaves her with a vague threat not to go riding into the woods at night.  Briar is released, and dropped back on the road where she crashed.  With her tire bent, she walks her bike back home.  Sarah is there with Sally. Briar and Sarah sit in Briar’s room, bandaging her up.  They share a tender moment and kiss. They talk and Sarah says that if the state ban on drilling has been lifted, it could be good news for Pahokee. Briar reacts harshly. They argue, and Sarah reminds Briar that before the crisis, they wanted to leave Pahokee, and start a new life together.  She hints that a deal with Simpkins could make that come true and asks her to consider it. Briar says she will, but she still wants to look into Earl’s death. At the Gannon’s home, Simpkins comes by, and Josie answers.  He says he would like to talk to Josie about an “incredible opportunity”.

 

EPISODE 4: DON’T LET YOUR DEAL GO DOWN

Briar wakes up early to go to Cole’s.  She finds that Rosemarie has broken into their generator shed, in order to search for their personal stock of gasoline, wanting to get a high.  Briar reprimands her, Sally comes out, and Briar tells her to watch Rosemarie while she’s gone.  Sally asks, “Why don’t you call her mom anymore?”.  Briar leaves. Briar arrives at Cole’s, and a Vero Co. van is leaving as she approaches.  Briar confronts Cole, and he admits he’s currently negotiating to sell his land. Briar argues, says if there was a contamination, that could ruin his food supply.  Cole argues that he can’t continue running the farm just off of her business, and points out that what she’s truly afraid of is that it’ll ruin her business. He tells her the Gannons have already sold, and Simpkins is holding a town meeting in the Second Baptist church.

Briar arrives at the meeting the joined by Sarah and some Riders. Simpkins is introduced to the town by Benavedez and the town supervisor. He gives a speech.  Josie steps up and reaffirms that she thinks this is the best thing that could happen to Pahokee since the crisis.  Everyone seems to agree. Briar stands up, argues. All argue against her. Briar shares her suspicions regarding Earl’s death. Miller suggests that since she was the one who found him, maybe she was involved. Josie doesn’t argue. Simpkins comes to Briar’s aid, playing the hero. Briar storms out, and the Riders follow.  Briar holds a meeting with them, and instructs Elsie and Tucker to find and tail the Vero Co van.  Briar asks Sarah to come with her to the grove where they found the lockbox. Sarah doesn’t think it's a good idea, but Briar insists.

Elsie and Tucker follow the van to the edge of a barbed wire property surrounding an old office building. As they try to get a good look, a police officer guarding front gate spots them, chases them off. Briar and Sarah argue as they walk through the woods.  They find the grove finally, but the lockbox has been dug up. The police officer at Vero HQ comes to Benavedez with pictures he took of Elsie and Tucker, and wants to know if he should ticket them for trespassing. When she asks Simpkins, he says no.  He says that they were just there casing the building, and he suspects they’ll be back, but next time with Briar.

 

 

EPISODE 5: SHADOW OF THE PINES

Briar and Sally are out hunting.  Briar tries to teach Sally to shoot with the rifle, but Sally is reluctant. Briar convinces her to try, but at the last second Sally bucks. Elsie appears and says Tucker is at Vero HQ, that all vans have left. Briar heads off with Elsie, taking the gun, telling Sally to go home and lock up the crossbow.

Briar and Elsie meet Tucker at HQ, and wait outside the fence for curfew lights out.  It doesn’t come, but Briar decides to move in anyway. They jump the fence, lock-picking a window and climbing through on the first floor. Sally is walking home, carrying the bow, practicing at taking aim.  She sees a deer off in the distance, but it runs off. She follows it. Briar and the Riders find an office inside and start searching. Tucker complains it’ll take forever to find something without knowing what they’re looking for.  Briar decides they should split up.

Sally follows the deer in the dark.  When it pauses, she takes aim, hesitates, and shoots.  The arrow hits its flank, and the deer takes off. Sally follows after, running. Briar explores upstairs, passes a safe/coded door.  She finds Simpkins’ office, and finds a passcode.  She opens the safe and finds a stash of jerry cans with the Pahokee Police Department evidence seal on them.  There’s a commotion downstairs, and outside on loudspeakers the police announced that the building is surrounded.  Elsie and Tucker are caught. Sally follows a trail of blood through the woods. She hears a blood-curdling scream, and finds the deer in a clearing, being fed on by wild dogs.  Sally runs. Briar looks out fourth-story window and sees Elsie and Tucker being handcuffed and taken to the cars.  Briar takes a shot at one of the police cars tires, and shouts for them to run. The police start firing back at her. Sally trips running from dogs, falls, curls up into a ball, and starts to cry.

Briar has a firefight with the cops until Elsie and Tucker are able to clear the fence and ride off.  Briar tries to make a run for it, but is tackled by the police, roughed up unnecessarily.  Donahue is on the scene, and tries to hold his hot-shot officer, Donavan, back.  Donavan knocks Briar out.

 

EPISODE 6: HE WILL SET YOUR FIELD ON FIRE

Briar sits in a holding cell all night, wounded and in pain.  She demands that it is unlawful to detain her, and an officer tells her that no one gives a shit about her rights. In the morning, she wakes up to find Donahue opening her cell door.  He says she’s being released.  When she asks why, he says that someone has paid her bail. When Briar exists the holding area, she finds Simpkins waiting for her.  He says he’d like to treat her to coffee.  Briar tells him to go fuck himself, and he says that’s not a very nice thing to say to someone who has just paid your bail.

Briar sits down with Simpkins. Simpkins attempts to apologize for the way the police treated her and Briar demands to know if this is what happened to Earl. Simpkins urges to let what happened to Earl go, that she can’t prove anything. Briar insists she can and will find proof that his permits have been forged. Simpkins says that what Pahokee cares about is money.  He compliments Briar on her tenacity, and her entrepreneurship, admits that he’s impressed by her, but that the town sees her as an outlier.  She a symbol of everything that has “gone wrong with the world”; that her necessity would not exist if it were not for this disaster. He represents a return to normalcy and stability. He says that there is no difference between him and her except that they are the children of completely different times, but when the time comes, Pahokee will choose him over her. Briar storms out. Briar arrives at her house and finds Vero Oil Co employees measuring their property.  Briar demands they leave, but Sally comes out and says that Rosemarie said they are allowed to be here. Briar comes in the house and confronts Rosemarie. Rosemarie reveals that she sold their house to Vero Oil. Briar demands to know where the agreement is and begins to tear apart the house. Rosemarie tries to stop her.  Sally starts crying. Briar finds the agreement and the cash, and says she’s giving it back. 

Briar bikes to Pahokee PD, storms in, rips up the agreement, and throws the cash in Simpkins’ face.  She accuses him of taking advantage of her mother, who is practically catatonic, that the agreement will not stand. Simpkins argues coolly that the agreement will stand and that Rosemarie is the sole owner of the Dunlap property. There is nothing Briar can do.  Briar shouts that she found the town oil reserves in the Vero HQ building, and will expose to all of Pahokee that the PD lied about the robbery, and are hiding the reserves. Simpkins loses his cool and threatens that if she pursues this any further, he won’t just come after her backyard. He’ll take her entire world.

 

EPISODE 7: PAST AND GONE

Briar and Sarah arrive at Cole’s farm to find that the Vero Oil Co has moved in, beginning plans for excavation for the drilling. Briar stops Cole’s nephew, and asks to talk to Cole, but he says Cole doesn’t want to talk to her. Briar rides off. Sarah follows behind, asks where they’re going.  Briar says she’s going to call a Pahokee Rider meeting, and ask for volunteers to help find evidence.  Sarah demands they stop, wants to know how Briar is going to get this “evidence”.  Briar says she’ll figure out a way to contact state government, maybe even send a Rider.  Sarah says this is ridiculous, and that Briar needs to let it go, that it’s over. Briar is incredulous, doesn’t understand why Sarah is “giving up”.  Sarah is angry; with the Vero Oil money, the town might not need the Riders anymore. It might actually flourish. Sarah wants Briar to take the money, so they can actually build a life together and survive this crisis. Sarah rides off without Briar.

Briar arrives back at her home and finds a police car waiting in the driveway.  It’s Alan Donahue, and he asks to come inside. Donahue admits that the deal with Simpkins has gone too far, and talks of how Earl’s death was a tragedy.  When Briar pushes him, Donahue reveals the events surrounding Earl’s death. Briar demands to know why he hasn’t come forward with this. Donahue urges that its useless and Benavedez and Simpkins will silence any protests. He believes the town needs Vero’s money.  Briar accuses them all of being selfish.  Donahue says, out of guilt for what happened to Earl, he wants to help, but won’t put himself in a compromising position. Briar voices that if he won’t speak out about Earl’s death, that she wants proof that the permits are fake.  Donahue says that he can get her into the dispatcher’s office to contact someone in Harrisburg about the hydrofracking ban. Donahue sneaks Briar into the office at night and they try to get a signal through to Harrisburg.  They get a hold of someone, who agrees to pass the message along to a state representative.  Briar sets a date and time with them to meet on a different channel to talk about the permits. Briar waits outside the town library until it opens.  She pays to use the computers, and creates a flyer with the time and date of the meeting, and pays to print them out.

Briar calls a meeting of the Pahokee Riders.  She announces that she talked to someone in Harrisburg, who confirmed the permits are forged and explains her plan to arrange a town meeting where she can have the state rep explain this over shortwave radio.  She starts assigning people to hand out flyers, but someone says no.  They say that their parents sold to Vero, and doesn’t want to get in trouble.  Many Riders agree. Briar is angry, but Sarah, who was in the back, stands up and argues that Pahokee doesn’t need the Riders anymore.  Even when Briar tells them all that it was the police that killed Earl, some Riders feel it has nothing to do with Vero.  Sally arrives suddenly, interrupting the meeting to say that Rosemarie has stolen her bike and gone missing, and she can’t find her anywhere. Briar leaves and Sarah follows. 

 

EPISODE 8: BENEATH THE WILLOW

Briar, Sarah, and all the Riders go out looking for Rosemarie. One of the Riders talks to a FEMA refugee who says he saw a woman on a bike like Sally’s in the next town over, says she was asking refugees for a fix. Briar and Sarah ride to Cohasset. They ask a group of refugees were they would go if they were looking for a fix, and are directed to a crack den in town. Briar and Sarah find the building, and find Rosemarie inside, doped out of her mind. Briar demands to know what the dealers gave her, but no one will say.  Briar attempts to rough someone up, but Sarah holds her back. When Briar asks how Rosemarie paid, they say she had tons of cash. Briar struggles to carry her out of the house and into her wagon. Sarah helps her.  They ride back to Pahokee.

Briar and Sarah arrive back at home, and bring Rosemarie inside. They lay her on the couch, and she is burning up a fever. Briar instructs Sally to stay, and goes out to grab the town physician. Sarah stays behind. The physician consults with Briar, and says Rosemarie is suffering from an infection but will be fine. She must be closely monitored in the upcoming days, as withdrawal starts to set in again.  Sarah and Briar talk, as Sarah attempts to comfort her.  Elsie and Tucker arrive, asking if there’s anything they can do.  Briar tells Elsie to go gather up as many Riders as will volunteer. She tells Tucker to grab alcohol, rags, and matches.  Briar says they’re going to torch Vero. Elsie and Tucker head off.  Sarah is aghast. She argues with Briar against this, says they’ll be no coming back from this. She gives Briar an ultimatum if she goes, and leaves. Briar is resolute. She tells Sally to watch Rosemarie closely, and that she’ll be back. Sally argues, begs Briar not to do this, is afraid of what Sarah has said but Briar reassures her and hugs her goodbye.  Sally begs her again not to go.  Briar leaves.

 

EPISODE 9: WE SHALL RISE

Tucker and other Riders stockpile firecrackers and ammunition from their parents’ houses.  They arrive at Vero HQ as a group of eight..  Tucker runs distraction, lights a firecracker, drawing one guard off, and that guard calls for backup, drawing the other guard off.  Elsie goes into the office, sets off the fire alarm.. The office workers are evacuated.  Briar, Elsie, and a third Rider go in an douse the offices with gasoline.  Briar gets a go-ahead via walkie-talkie from three Riders who are stationed outside the Vero HQ boundary as lookouts.  Briar sets the fire.  Guards see the smoke, run back.  Police show up at the boundary, pin down and capture the three lookout Riders.  Briar via walkie talkie finds out that police are surrounding the building.  Briar, Elsie, and the other Rider are pinned between the rising fire and the police line outside.  Briar is about to surrender but Elsie decides to launch an attack to distract the police and let Briar break through the line.  Police starts firing on them.  Briar takes the hunting rifle and starts to fire back.  Tucker distracts police, breaks police line.  Briar makes a dash for it, while Elsie and Tucker provide cover.  When Briar breaks through the police line, she finds Sarah, who screams at her, “Briar, the house!”

 

EPISODE 10: ARE YOU WASHED IN THE BLOOD?

Simpkins sends Vero Oil goons and Donahue to the Dunlap residence to “evacuate” their home for demolition, the deal seemingly done.  They say that they own the property now and must begin immediately clearing to make room for a well, as their deal said. Sally is in a panic and hides under her bed. Rosemarie, barely aware of what’s going on, evacuates the house, led by men from Vero. Sarah stops by to see Briar and seeing all that is happening, rushes to grab Briar. The men begin to set the home alight and Sally is trapped. Sarah finds Briar but it’s too late. They rush back to the Dunlap home already in flames. Sally is discovered to be trapped inside.  The police start to put out the blaze, but it’s too late. She’s gone, and so is Briar’s world.

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SERIALIZED DRAMA

END OF SEASON ONE

Vero Oil Co, in retribution for the vandalization of Vero HQ, torches Briar Dunlap’s house, with her younger sister Sally still inside.  When it is discovered that Sally is trapped inside, and effort is made to douse the fire and rescue her.  Briar arrives from the attack on Vero HQ to the scene of the fire too late, and watches as the house is consumed, while the town tries in vain to put out the flames.  Briar is held back, and watches as her home, with Sally trapped inside, is reduced to ashes.

SEASON TWO ARC

With no home, her mother recovering from an overdose, and her younger sister dead, Briar sets off to leave Pahokee, at the onset of winter, with nothing more than her bike, the hunting rifle, a daypack full of supplies, and her comatose mother in tow within the back of her wagon.  Briar leaves her girlfriend and everyone she loves behind, and on the road to find new shelter, encounters obstacles that force her to leave her mother behind.  Nearly succumbing the elements and starvation herself, Briar is then rescued by a group of refugees from a FEMA refuge camp who take her in and make her part of their group.  In their care, she learns that it is okay for her to need other people just as much as they need her.