Cast: Kevin McHale, Victor Garber, Johnny Depp, Daniel Radcliffe (by ohwhyistherumgone)
Song: Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray
I never knew I never knew that everything was falling through That everyone I knew was waiting on a queue To turn and run when all I needed was the truth
Not everything is magic spells and swashbuckling sword fights for Steven McNulty (McHale), whose father James (Garber) is an author famous the world over for writing one of the most popular book series in history.
When James disappears before he finishes the final book in the series, it sends his readers into an uproar. Steven suspects an overzealous fan has kidnapped his father in hopes of influencing the outcome of the novel. He had enough run-ins with people rifling through the trashcans on rubbish day or peering in through windows to know that some of them have no concept of boundaries.
That thought is quickly put to rest when a man pays Steven a visit in the middle of the night. The man looks like he could have stepped right out of one of the novels, and for good reason—he’s the spitting image of James’s protagonist, Captain Donahue Briggs. In fact, he introduces himself as such and, if he hadn’t materialized out of thin air right in front of him, Steven would still be convinced that a group of crazed fans were playing a very dirty trick.
As it turns out, his father’s fantasy fiction novels weren’t really fantasy or fiction, after all. Briggs (Depp) tells Steven that his father has indeed been kidnapped—by dark lord wannabe Roland Evergreen (Radcliffe), the nephew of the series’ antagonist. Evergreen’s family name is a complete disgrace thanks to James’s books—they’re so popular, they’re even best-sellers in the magical realm—and he decides to make him pay for ruining his plan to take over the world just as soon as everyone forgot about his uncle’s failed attempt twenty years before.
Will Steven be able to come to terms with his connection to a world he never knew existed in time to help Briggs stop Evergreen and rescue father?