Weaves together stories of three ordinary people who conquer fear and seemingly insurmountable obstacles to find what they really want from life.
Larry van der Bix is an invisible man, unseen and undesired by women and unimpressive to men. When he wins an enormous fortune in the state lottery, it may not change Larry, but it certainly affects how others see him, including California Governor Jerry Brown, who recruits Larry to sit on a state commission, and local activists in Long Beach, California, who convince Larry to become the most unlikely candidate imaginable for city council. Larry takes to wearing western garb, quoting Will Rogers and twirling a lasso at candidates' forums to woo voters.
Larry's best friend, Lori Lewis -- a competitive swimmer fresh from Olympic victories in London -- has rejoined her beloved U.S. Army. Unhappily stationed behind the lines in America's war on terror, she is the victim of sexual assault by a visiting Congressman. While Lori goes to Afghanistan, she and her commanding officer must grapple with the after-effects of the predatory politician's attacks.
Lori's lover, a hyper-curvy web diva nicknamed Miss Milkshakes, sets out across the Pacific to surprise Lori, sailing on board the Dreamboat, a superyacht Larry bought with his lottery millions. On the journey, she is terrorized by her jealous, possessive ex-boyfriend, a stalker who stows away, bringing on a violent showdown that forces the diva to conquer her own fears to fight him off.
Thrown in to the mix is an Italian model who Larry makes captain of the Dreamboat, a crew of hard-boiled sailors, a lawyer and investment advisor pretending to be people they're not, a pair of skateboarders who help fight off a band of scurrilous digital pirates, evil politicians, Bollywood dancers, the gravelly-voiced Governor of California and his advisors and the ever-smiling Joe Biden.
The anti-hero nature of the lead characters, the emphasis on strong female leads, the romance between the two women and an absurd, surreal outlook speak well to our post-digital-revolutionary age, where one is never alone, and no activity -- even a gunfight -- is spared the interruption of a text message,
About the Author
Bill Orton is a writer and political aide, living in southern California.