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The Rosa Dolorosa
by John Vollmer (2jdv@comcast.net)

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A formidable yacht crew take on modern-day pirates at sea.


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FADE IN:

EXT. TACKY, NEARLY EMPTY KEY WEST BAR - NIGHT
                                                            
JAKE sits alone. He is in his mid-50s, disheveled,
disconsolate. He is drinking beer and staring at a moon
shuttered by passing black clouds.

GEORGE enters, pulls back a chair, and sits. He is also in
his mid-50s, elegant, accomplished, self-assured. He stares
at Jake, who finally stares back.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Name's George.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (uncomfortably
       long pause)
Jake.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
I need a crew for my boat.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Ain't that swell?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (small tight smile
       that never
       broadens into a
       grin)
I hear you're a good boatman.
                                                            
                       JAKE
He's a liar.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Who is?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Whoever told you that.
                                                            
A tired-looking waitress approaches. Sets down a bottle of
beer for Jake, she knows his schedule.

She looks at George, who gives a small shake of his head and
she moves off.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Frank, down at the boatyard?
Doesn't strike me as a liar.
                                                            

2.

                       JAKE
I owe him $3000. Not reliable.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (pause)
Can you handle a mid-sized yacht?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Where do you want her, on the
bottom?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Preferably not.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Have to see her.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (getting up)
The Rosa Dolorosa. Dock 4.
                                                            
George exits.

Jake sits and stares.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DOCK - DAY
                                                            
THE NEXT MORNING.
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Jake stands on the dock, staring at the Rosa Dolorosa.

She is an old-style, custom-built, multimillion-dollar
wooden yacht. The rear one-third is open and there are two
oblong white boxes in the stern corners and two others just
aft of the middle.

The helm is raised just atop the below-deck superstructure,
on the starboard side, and quite wide, with many controls.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
Now that's a boat, Yaz.

(pause) A Swan, a really beautiful
boat. But I've never seen a raised
midship helm on a Swan. And those
boxes aren't right...
                                                            

3.

MARIA appears in the hatchway.

She is in her mid-40s, tall, brown-skinned, with piercing
eyes.

She stands motionless, a look of strong disapproval as she
looks at Jake.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
      (continues)
Who's this, Yaz?

Well, what can I say--she makes
that boat look like a wreck. Also
looks like she's just seen a
turd--my best guess is, I'm it.
                                                            
George comes aft from the bow.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Mornin'.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Sixty-two foot?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Sixty-four. Maria, Jake. Jake,
Maria.
                                                            
Maria's expression doesn't change. She doesn't move.
                                                            
                       GEORGE (cont'd.)
C'mon below. Got a proposition.
                                                            
Jake boards the Rosa, the three of them go below.
                                                            
 
INT. GALLEY OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
Jake and George sit at the table.

Maria stands by the stove, disapproving.

George pulls out a large stack of bills, puts them on the
table.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Here's the deal. Ten thousand
dollars a month. If you don't like
what we're doing...
                                                            
The stack of bills disappears quickly into Jake's coat
pocket.
                                                            

4.

                       GEORGE (cont'd.)
(slight smile at how quickly the
bills disappeared)...you can keep
that ten grand.
                                                            
                       JAKE
OK, when do we start?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
That's all you want to know?
                                                            
                       JAKE
For now.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Right. You cast off the stern
line.

Maria, take care of the bow?
                                                            
Maria leaves quickly.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
Maria heads for the bow, Jake to the stern.

George goes to the helm and starts the engines, idling them
up and down as the diesels warm up.

Maria casts off the bow line as Jake does the same at the
stern. He notices a small ketch moored just behind the Rosa.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (to a boy on the
       dock)
Hey Jimmy! Cast off, please.
                                                            
A teenager casts off the lines from the ketch and pushes it
away from the dock.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
What's with the duck, Yaz?
Apparently we're gonna tow this
thing--like a Cadillac towing a
wrecked VW bug.
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL FROM BEHIND THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
The Rosa motors out of the harbor, towing the ketch.
                                                            

5.

                       GEORGE
Jake! Take a look around. It'll be
a while.
                                                            
Jake watches as George kills the engines, hoists sails with
push-buttons.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
What do they need a crew for? A
teenager could sail this thing.
                                                            
 
INT. INSIDE THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
Jake goes below, wanders around various rooms on the Rosa.

There is a great deal of brass, mahogany, cherry, and teak.

The galley is laid out with a kitchen island, many designer
touches, and a large table.

Jake looks in at staterooms along a hallway. The lounge room
is elegantly furnished and looks out at the bow.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
      (Clearly impressed)
Nice. Remember that
mega-millionaire's yacht, Yaz? So
much ain't-I-rich crap you wanted
to take a knife to the upholstery
and piss on the so-called art. But
these people have taste.
                                                            
 
EXT. ON DECK - DAY
                                                            
Jake comes back on deck, taking in various aspects of the
Rosa. He wanders to the stern.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
Two engines? Never seen a yacht
like this with two engines. And
these two boxes aren't standard,
either. They had to cut into the
stern. Too tall for settees.
                                                            
Maria sits at the helm with George.

Jake wanders to midships. There are two boxes, as at the
stern, but jutting out horizontally into the deck.
                                                            

6.

                       JAKE (V.O.)
And what the hell are these things
for?
                                                            
Jake sits at the stern, they sail for quite some time.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. THE ROSA AT SEA - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Jake! C'mon up! I'll show you the
controls.
                                                            
Jake joins George at the helm.

Maria goes to the stern. As the yacht slows to a near stop,
she undoes the towline, setting the ketch adrift.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
Two GPSs, two radars, like
everything else on this boat, two
of everything.
                                                            
George points out the controls as he lowers the sails.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Forward sails, mainsail, hoists
and booms. All of them have
backups. Just switch to these.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Got it. Nice layout.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
So fire up the engines.
                                                            
Jake does so, increases speed smoothly.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Nice. Like a sweet little Porsche.
What are these for?
                                                            
Jake fingers two levers yoked together.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Ease up on the throttle, then pull
'em back together, slow.
                                                            
 

7.

EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
As Jake does so, the yacht lifts out of the water and surges
forward. He increases power.
                                                            
 
EXT. HELM OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                       JAKE
Jesus!
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Four hydrofoils. Take her up.
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
The yacht surges forward with a huge burst of speed.
                                                            
 
EXT. HELM OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                       JAKE
Jesus Christ!
                                                            
At full power, Jake looks down at the speedometer, which
reads 60.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Sixty knots! Jeeeesus! So that's
what all the extra lashing's for?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Yes. Between the dual engines and
the hydros, she's the fastest boat
in the Caribbean.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh, yeah. That she is! Who
designed this thing?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
I did. Frank did the work.

Ease her back a bit, watch the
Q-ball, don't turn more than 15
degrees.
                                                            
Jake slows and begins a series of easy turns.
                                                            
 

8.

EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
The Rosa, seen from above, makes a series of languid, wide
turns.
                                                            
 
EXT. HELM OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                       JAKE
Damn! More like a Lamborghini!
                                                            
Jake slows further, undoes the screws on the yoke and takes
it off the hydrofoil levers.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
OK, let's see what this thing can
do.
                                                            
With the yoke off, Jake begins a series of slow maneuvers,
using the hydrofoils separately to steer the yacht.

He slowly increases speed, then decreases.
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
Jake finally picks up speed dramatically, getting a feel for
how far he can go.

The yacht makes a series of intricate, tight maneuvers,
faster and faster.

Finally, he slows back down to cruising speed.
                                                            
 
EXT. HELM OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (obviously pleased)
I didn't know she could do that.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Mister, you got yourself one
helluva boat here. Jesus!
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Take her back to the ketch. Show
you something.
                                                            
Jake glances at the GPS and compass.

He drives the Rosa back to the ketch and stops the engines.
                                                            

9.

                       GEORGE
Set her sails to circle that thing
and put her on autosteer.
                                                            
They descend to the stern.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                       MARIA
      (smiling)
You're quite a sailor.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (big smile)
Boatman.
                                                            
George unlocks the port box. He and Maria lift it off of a
.50-caliber machine gun.

George pushes a lever and the gun lifts up and swings free.
Maria fixes a belt of ammunition to it.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
Good god, Yaz, this thing is
vicious.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (out loud)
Yikes! Is that what I think it is?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Yes. Browning M2HB fifty caliber
machine gun. Nice, isn't it?
                                                            
George takes aim and fires at the ketch. He misses wildly.
Large splashes of water form a curve well forward of the
ketch.
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
From above we see that the ketch moves one way with the
waves and swells, while the Rosa moves another.

As George fires, the recoil from the gun causes the stern of
the Rosa to skew sideways.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
George tries again, no better. He motions Maria to try.


10.

Maria fires several long bursts. No better. An arc of
bullets cross the ketch without any sign that it has been
hit.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Well, that's not so good. (to
Jake) You try.
                                                            
                       JAKE
I'm no gunner.
                                                            
Jake tries his hand with the gun, half-heartedly. The shots
fly in a wild arc.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Nope, no good.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Well, let's try this one.
                                                            
They move to the midship boxes.

George and Maria remove the cover, revealing a two-inch
cannon. George releases a catch and pulls it up into
position.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
What in hell are these people up
to, Yaz?
                                                            
George loads a shell, aims at the ketch, misses wildly as a
large plume of spray rises short and to its stern. Tries
again, no better.

Maria takes his place and loads and fires, no better.
                                                            
                       JAKE
If the QEII came into view about
now, you might hit her. Maybe.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
I know. We've been trying for a
week.

Well, that's enough. Let's get
back to port.
                                                            
Jake helps them put the covers back in place.

George goes to the helm, raises the sails, and maneuvers the
Rosa.

Maria uses a pole to snag the towline of the ketch.

11.


They sail back to port in silence.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. GALLEY OF THE ROSA - NIGHT
                                                            
THAT EVENING
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
George and Maria prepare dinner. Jake sits at the table.
                                                            
                       JAKE
So what's all the firepower for?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
You've probably heard something
about the increase in piracy in
the Caribbean.
                                                            
George opens a bottle of wine. Maria is stirring a sauce.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yeah, little bit, not much. Frank
thinks someone is keeping the lid
on it but word is a lotta boats
are getting boarded and ripped
off.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
That's true. And so far the Navy
and the government have managed to
keep it pretty quiet.
                                                            
George pours wine for all of them. Jake sips it.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Why?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
We'll get to that. Fact is...
                                                            
Maria brings plates to the table.
                                                            
                       MARIA
      (interrupting)
They got us one night.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Middle of the night, we were
boarded and we're staring at six
guys with Ouzis. Took everything
            (MORE)

12.

                       GEORGE (cont'd)
they could carry off the boat.
                                                            
                       MARIA
But that wasn't really it, that
was just stuff.
                                                            
Maria goes back to the stove.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Yes.
                                                            
                       MARIA
They killed our cat.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Your cat?
                                                            
George fetches food from the stove, sits at the table with
Jake.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
That may not sound like much to
you, but Jacinta was a very
special cat. She just was.
                                                            
                       MARIA
An ocelot.
                                                            
Maria brings more food, sits with Jake and George.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
She had the run of the boat, could
climb anything. And she had this
way of ... looking at you. Not
like just a cat, but like she
really SAW you.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Well, I sorta know what you mean.
Had a dog once, called him Yaz.
Not like other dogs, loved being
on a boat.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
After Carl Yastrzemski?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yeah. Haven't thought about him in
years.
                                                            

13.

                       MARIA
We loved Jacinta. And there was no
reason for it.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
No, none. Just for the hell of it.
                                                            
                       JAKE
OK, I get it.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Anyway, when we got back to port I
got in touch with some Navy
personnel I know. They told me
about the piracy.

Seems a petty criminal captain
name of Diego boarded a yacht
called the Jenny K three years
ago, killed everyone on board and
took it. He started robbing other
yachts and paid off the port
authorities in Haiti to look the
other way when the US or Haitian
Navy came after him.
                                                            
George gets up from the table, fetches a baguette, brings it
back with him as he continues.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
He slid up into a river and they
covered for him. Pretty soon, he
recruited other crooks he knew and
they start doing the same thing,
board a boat at night, kill the
crew, use it for a pirate boat.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Nice.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Diego is one smart cookie and he
paid local fishermen to radio him
whenever they saw a Navy boat, any
country, any kind. He paid off
other port authorities in
strategic places to cover his
crews.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Musta been pulling in some serious
jack.
                                                            

14.

                       GEORGE
Oh, yeah. But by this time they're
not killing anyone, Diego knows
better. Except when someone tries
to fight back and then that boat
just disappears.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Without anyone noticing?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Happens all the time in the
Caribbean. You know that. Storms,
remote reefs. Bermuda Triangle fer
chrissake.
                                                            
                       JAKE
True enough.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
They also made a lotta serious
money ripping off drug boats.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Now that could get you in real
trouble.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
He never takes too much and he's
out of the reach of any cartel, as
long as he doesn't get too greedy.
Often as not, he just sells it
right back to them, they figure
it's the cost of doing business.
                                                            
                       JAKE
And the Navy wants to keep a lid
on all this if they can because
they're pretty much helpless, if
he's got that kind of protection.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Exactly.
                                                            
Maria gets up, brings over a cheese tray and salad.
                                                            
                       JAKE
OK, but this hardware you've got,
you don't get that at a yard sale,
or even a gun show.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Yes.
                                                            

15.

                       JAKE
The Navy?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Yes. Let's just say this is all
unofficially semi-official. Not
for publication.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Wet work?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Sort of. Well, no, not to kill. We
don't have a license to kill. Not
that we'd want to.
                                                            
                       JAKE
But it's OK if the pirates kill.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
At the start, nobody knew what was
going on and it was sporadic,
nobody made the connection.

Now it's just the rare boat that
goes missing. The Navy knows who's
doing it, but they don't want any
publicity. They're helpless...so
far.
                                                            
                       MARIA
We don't kill anybody. We just
disable their boat, force them
into life rafts, call the Navy to
pick them up and take the boat
back to port.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Oh, piece of cake.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Whatever. Anyway, we're going
pirate-hunting. This isn't revenge
any more, we're just going to put
them out of business. You in?
                                                            
                       JAKE
The way things stand, you couldn't
scare a weekend daysailor with
those guns.

But I know a guy. Let me give him
a call.

            (MORE)

16.

                       JAKE (cont'd)
(pause) What the hell, why not?
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. STATEROOM ON THE ROSA - NIGHT
                                                            
LATE THAT NIGHT
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Maria sits at her makeup stand.

George undresses as he walks back and forth.
                                                            
                       MARIA
He looks like a drunkard.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Does, doesn't he? But that's
pretty recent.
                                                            
                       MARIA
So what's his story?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Jake was almost born on a boat,
his father was a Gloucester
fisherman.

When Jake was 16 they got caught
in a storm, sank the boat, only
Jake and one other crewman made it
to land.

His mother died within a year and
he was on his own. Worked his way
up to captain on a fishing boat,
then bought his own and came to
the Keys. Engine blew up on that
one but he got all the crew to
land safely.

Bought a fishing tourist cruiser,
and that one went aground on an
uncharted reef off the Caicos in a
storm. No passengers and he lived
but the boat was underinsured.

That was two years ago and he's
been adrift ever since.
                                                            

17.

                       MARIA
Sad. He looks so sad.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
He's had terrible luck. But you
should have seen his eyes when he
was handling the Rosa. Get a boat
under him that he loves and I
don't think there'll be any
problem.
                                                            
                       MARIA
      (turning out the
       light)
You'd better be right, Jorge mi
amor.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - NIGHT
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Jake sits alone at the stern with a beer, talking into a
cellphone.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (into cellphone)
I dunno, Zeke, he just came up and
sat down and here I am. (beat)

No, not flakes. Got money. (beat)

I think you'll like 'em. What the
hell are you doing anyway you lazy
bastard? Last I heard they could
use you for a doorstop. (beat)

OK, soon as you can. (beat) Bye.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
Zeke was doing nothing but keeping
a beach in Miami warm and he came
down the next night.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - NIGHT
                                                            

18.

THE NEXT NIGHT
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
ZEKE comes aboard the Rosa. He is in his mid-60s, very tall,
heavily built.

He shakes hands with George and Jake.
                                                            
                       JAKE
George, this is Zeke. Knows all
there is to know about guns. Zeke,
George.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Pleastameecha.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Welcome aboard. Want you to take a
look at something. But just
between us. That OK?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
If Jake says it's OK, it's fine by
me.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Jake, take us out, find a nice
quiet cove. Zeke, can I get you a
drink?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
No thanks. OK if I smoke?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Open air. Help yourself.
                                                            
They sit at the stern and Zeke lights a cigar.

Jake goes to the helm and fires up the engines. A teenager
casts off the lines.
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA - NIGHT
                                                            
The Rosa motors out of the harbor and eventually stops in a
small cove.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - NIGHT
                                                            
At anchor.


19.

George begins to take the cover off the port .50 caliber.
Zeke tosses his cigar overboard and helps.

Jake uses a light from the mast to shine on the gun as Zeke
and George silently inspect it.

They move to midships and uncover the cannon. Zeke expertly
handles it. Neither one says a word.
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA - NIGHT
                                                            
Jake eases the Rosa back into port, almost silently brings
her up to the dock.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. GALLEY OF THE ROSA - NIGHT
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
George and Zeke sit at the table.

Maria stands at the counter, arms crossed.

Jake sits off to the side, opening a beer.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
So what do you think?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
      (rubbing the back
       of his neck)
It's a joke.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
That bad, huh?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Yah. On a boat? Ridiculous.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
So how do we fix it?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
First of all, you need some
serious gimbal work to mount those
things on, to counteract the boat
movement.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
OK, that can be done.
                                                            

20.

                       ZEKE
      (snorts)
You think so? Fine.

Second, you need high-grade
range-finding sights. Right now,
you're shooting blind.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
That can be done.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Third, something has to be rigged
to handle the recoil--they're just
spiked to the deck and I bet they
push this thing sideways like a
kid playing with a toy boat in the
bathtub.
                                                            
                       JAKE
You got that right.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
But where you'd get that kind of
gear, I don't know. They don't
stock that shit at Macy's. Where
did you get hold of this stuff
anyway? This is not what you'd
call "regular."
                                                            
                       GEORGE
I have connections and it's
perfectly legal and licensed. The
Navy has the kind of setup you're
talking about.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
The Navy? Well, yeah. You must be
pretty well connected. What's all
this about?
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
George gave him the story but Zeke
didn't like it. He had seen and
done far too much killing in Nam
and he was having no part of this.
We took a stroll down the beach.
                                                            
 

21.

EXT. DESERTED BEACH - NIGHT
                                                            
AN HOUR LATER
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Jake and Zeke walk along the beach.

Jake holds a six-pack of beer, Zeke smokes a cigar. Jake
offers Zeke a beer, he declines, offers Jake a cigar, he
declines.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Who the hell are these people? You
got any idea what you're getting
mixed up in?
                                                            
                       JAKE
George is retired Navy, pilot in
the post-Vietnam era, then test
pilot, then aeronautical engineer.

He made a pile from patents on
fighter jets, hell, all kinds of
jets. He's kept in touch with Navy
brass, some pretty high up.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
OK, I can see that. The brass
really going along with this?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Far as I can tell, yes. They're
stumped. They can't catch these
guys and they can't get 'em
arrested either.

It's getting out of hand and when
the press gets hold of it, the
shit's gonna hit the fan.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Fine, great. But what do I care
about some rich guys getting
ripped off. Or drug runners, come
to that.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Zeke, it's gotten beyond that and
it's just gonna get worse. They
killed to get those boats and
boats are starting to disappear.

We're not out to kill anybody,
            (MORE)

22.

                       JAKE (cont'd)
just put them out of business. I
dunno, I can't explain it, but I
think this guy George is...I
dunno. I trust him. Hell, I like
him.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
So who's this Maria?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Maria was born in Ciudad Juarez,
and not in the good part of town.
Came to the US and eventually
found she had a real talent for
design.

She met George designing his beach
house, they got married.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Those eyes...
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yeah. Those eyes.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Those eyes have seen more than
anybody should.
                                                            
                       JAKE
You wouldn't let those eyes down,
would you Zeke?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Oh, fuck you.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
So that was that. Zeke couldn't
resist those eyes and a crew from
the naval base in Norfolk came
down the next week. They didn't
like it, but they did what Zeke
said without asking a single
question.
                                                            
 
EXT. DOCKYARD - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            

23.

The Rosa is in drydock, hidden by canvas shrouds.

Zeke and George are on the deck, inspecting the guns, which
are now mounted in intricate gimbals and with recoil
mechanisms, looking more deadly than ever.

Navy workmen are at work on and around the Rosa.

Jake stands to the side at ground level.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Back up. Now the starboard side.
That's it. Stop!
                                                            
The port hydrofoils lift up, then the starboard hydrofoils
come down. Jake watches the motion carefully.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Well, of course they're going to
be shooting back, and then what?
There'll be dead bodies all over
the place.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
True. What can we do about that?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Have these guns rigged with
bullet-proof protectors.
Transparent, of course.

That way, if they shoot, you're
not really threatened, you don't
have to kill anyone.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Can these guys rig that? Where do
we get the material?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Not a problem. They can do
anything, believe me. I just have
to tell them how.

Cost another arm and a leg, of
course. And we'll need plenty of
spares. And new weatherproof
boxes. What there is now is way
too small.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
The money's not a problem. But I'd
rather not screw up the deck like
that. How about we mount them on
            (MORE)

24.

                       GEORGE (cont'd)
hydraulic platforms, have them
stowed belowdeck? I want to move
the diesel tanks anyway.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Sure. Like I say, these guys can
do anything. At least with a boat.
Wouldn't let 'em drive my car.
                                                            
Jake climbs a ladder and joins them on the deck.
                                                            
                       JAKE
I wanna see Frank about the
hydros.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
OK. Do what you need to Zeke,
don't worry about the money. But
check with Frank before you start
work below.

Jake, let's go talk to Frank.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. OFFICE OF THE BOATYARD - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
FRANK's office is strewn with design charts, a drafting
table, various instruments and tools. Jake, George, and
Frank stand at a long table covered in charts and drafting
tools. There are numerous drawings of sailing yachts on the
walls.
                                                            
                       JAKE
I want some modifications to those
hydrofoils, Frank.
                                                            
                       FRANK
OK, shoot.
                                                            
                       JAKE
It's fine that they move
independently, one side up, one
side down. But I want controls to
change the pitch and roll of the
skis themselves...
                                                            
                       FRANK
You mean you want chaos.
                                                            

25.

                       JAKE
No, they need to work in synch. If
the port side is 20% up and angled
to give me a 30% roll, either way,
then the starboard...
                                                            
                       FRANK
Ah, gotcha. In effect, like a
rudder, so you can...
                                                            
                       JAKE
Make the angle of attack in any
orientation I want. Don't worry
about yaw...
                                                            
                       FRANK
Right, the rudder can take care of
that.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Right. And they need to be bigger,
stronger. The struts seem strong
enough, and I'm sure the
hydraulics are too.

But controlling all that will take
some practice...
                                                            
                       FRANK
Oh, you got that right.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Well, I can handle it. But will it
take a computer panel? Because if
it does...I need feel, Frank, I
don't want to be messing with push
buttons.
                                                            
                       FRANK
No, no. I can make it work
mechanically. Use some extra
hydraulics and some simple
electronics to coordinate what you
want. I'm thinking joysticks, not
just levers.

Might take some tweaking after you
try it out. And like you say,
it'll take practice.
                                                            

26.

                       JAKE
OK, good. And I want those engines
completely independent. I need
to...
                                                            
                       FRANK
Got it. Vary the speed of each
separately as you change the
degree of attack. But how are you
going to manage all that? Screwy
as hell.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yes, I need to be able to ... I
don't have four hands so...here,
let me sketch it.
                                                            
Jake reaches for a large, clean sheet of paper and a pencil.
                                                            
                       FRANK
      (big grin as Jake
       sketches)
Yah, yah. I get it. Heh! That's
cute.
                                                            
Frank takes over sketching, filling in details.
                                                            
                       FRANK (cont'd.)
      (to George)
Did I tell you?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Yes, you did.

While we're at it, I'd like two
more diesel tanks. I want more
range. We need to move the two we
have to midships and add two more.
We're adding a lot of weight to
the stern that will stow below,
Zeke will fill you in on that, and
the trim will change completely.
We can shift some of the ballast.
                                                            
                       FRANK
Yeah, you're right. She's getting
top-heavy. That'll work really
well.
                                                            

27.

                       GEORGE
And all the tanks should be
shielded with layered carbon
fiber, titanium, and kevlar. They
might have to take some...abuse.
                                                            
                       FRANK
You got it, chief.
                                                            
                       JAKE
How long?
                                                            
                       FRANK
Oh. Say four days. No problem.
You'll have to take me along for
the shakedown.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
This guy purely loves boats, Yaz.
(out loud)
Great! I'll give you a ride you
won't forget. Bring a bucket.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. OUTSIDE THE BOATYARD OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
As Jake and George walk back to the shrouded Rosa.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
A bucket?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Frank gets seasick.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Ah. Should we rig the stern seats
with seatbelts?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Good idea.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA AT SEA - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            

28.

Completely refurbished, the Rosa has a trimmer look.

George, Zeke, and Maria sit strapped in the stern chairs
while Frank and Jake man the helm.

From above we see the Rosa going through far more drastic
turns and maneuvers than before. She can spin on her own
axis, veer sharply, and power up to top speed very quickly.
                                                            
 
EXT. HELM OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (pointing)
Seventy knots!
                                                            
                       FRANK
      (holding tight)
My god! What have I done!
                                                            
                       JAKE
You done good! She's a little too
tight on starboard turns.
                                                            
                       FRANK
Jesus! Jake!
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
The Rosa spins and surges, banking, almost flying. Behind a
large wind protector, Jake expertly works the controls.
Spray occasionally douses George, Maria, and Zeke in the
stern.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                       ZEKE
      (terrified)
Holy crap!
                                                            
Maria has a look of pure joy on her face. George is
completely calm and satisfied.
                                                            
                       MARIA
I think I love Jake!
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 

29.

EXT. ROSA AT THE DOCK - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Maria is tying the towline of the ketch to the Rosa's stern.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
What's with the little boat?
                                                            
                       JAKE
It's a ketch. Target practice.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Ah. Good idea.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE ROSA AT SEA - DAY
                                                            
The Rosa motors out of the harbor, towing the ketch. George
operates the sails and they head for open sea.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
So what's this Jenny K look like?
                                                            
                       MARIA
Black hull, black sails, invisible
at night. Maybe 100 feet.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Jack Sparrow would be proud.
                                                            
                       MARIA
Who?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Never mind.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
Well out to sea, they stop and set the ketch adrift. They
unlimber the guns.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
      (demonstrating)
The gun will aim straight, no
matter what the pitch and roll of
the boat. Use the rangefinder and
set the sight.
                                                            
Zeke aims and fires a short burst. A few short plumes of
spray reach the ketch, which is then hit.
                                                            

30.

                       ZEKE
George.
                                                            
George aims the gun, sets off a long burst--a few shots hit
the ketch but many go wild.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Use short bursts.
                                                            
George does so, with better results.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Better! Maria.
                                                            
Maria takes over. Fires several short bursts. Some go wild
but others send showers of splinters from the ketch. She
keeps at it.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Nice! Like you were born to it.
Jake?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I'm useless with a gun.
                                                            
He tries anyway, with poor results.
                                                            
                       JAKE
I'll stick to piloting.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
OK, let's try the cannon.
                                                            
They unlimber the cannon and Zeke fiddles with it. Then
loads a shell and fires. The shot goes over the ketch.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Range is one thing, but aim takes
practice.
                                                            
He fires again, hits the ketch squarely.
                                                            
                       MARIA
Some practice.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
I'd say about four hits before she
sinks.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Or half an hour. Give it a go
Maria.
                                                            

31.

They take turns loading and firing. A few shots hit. The
ketch at last sinks. Zeke, Jake, George, and Maria watch her
go down, with satisfied looks.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Well, that'll do for now. But its
going to take a lot of practice.
Hitting at random isn't good
enough.
                                                            
                       JAKE
There are plenty of empty atolls.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Yes but we need better than that.
There's a Navy boneyard I know of.
I can get them to tow something
out to where we want it.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Sounds good! For what we need to
do, we're gonna burn a lot of
ammo. OK, Jake, take us back to
port.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Um, I hate to point this out, but
you're not the captain.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Right. Sorry.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Back to port, helmsman! Let's get
supplied.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (salutes)
Aye, cap'n!
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA UNDER SAIL - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. ROSA AT THE DOCK - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
As people bring supplies on board.
                                                            

32.

                       ZEKE
You really that well connected up
top? They'll do just about
whatever you tell them?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
I have some friends. I was in the
Navy a long time.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
So what was your rank? Commander?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (long pause)
Captain will do fine.
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA UNDER SAIL - DAY
                                                            
 
EXT. THE ROSA AT ANCHOR - DAY
                                                            
The crew watches as a Navy tug pulls a wrecked hulk out to
sea.
                                                            
                       JAKE
This isn't going to be an
uncharted shipping hazard after we
sink it, is it?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
No. The Navy planned to sink it
here anyway. It'll make a good
coral reef. Dunno if we'll ever
manage to make enough new ones to
replace the ones we destroy.
                                                            
The tug sets an anchor for the target boat and pulls away,
back to port.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
OK, practice with the 50s first.
George, you take the port gun,
Maria, you take starboard.
                                                            
They unlimber the stern guns and load ammunition belts.

Jake goes to the helm.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Where do you want her positioned?
                                                            

33.

                       ZEKE
For now, just keep the stern
pointed at it.
                                                            
Maria and George begin firing. The hulk is immediately
spattered with huge bullet hits. Some shots begin to go
high.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
OK, nice!
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Wow! This is beautiful. Right
where I'm aiming.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Right. Just keep your sights
trained using that yardage. Maria,
your gun isn't sighted just right.
                                                            
                       MARIA
Yes, it was shooting high.
                                                            
Zeke shows Maria how to readjust the sights.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
The rangefinder will give you the
distance. Then you have to adjust
for altitude and wind. Though with
this ammo and distance, wind won't
really matter much.
                                                            
                       MARIA
And we'll be a lot closer than
this.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Right. George, you give me a nice
tight circle just ahead of the
super, 10 feet below the rail.
Maria, same thing, but right below
that gun mount near the stern.
                                                            
More firing as they hit the wreck in specific spots, tearing
huge chunks of metal from it. They learn to move their feet
with the swells as the Rosa moves, but the guns stay
perfectly steady and aimed.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
      (watching Maria)
Ain't that pretty, Yaz? She moves
with the boat in perfect time.
It's like she's dancing!
                                                            

34.

                       ZEKE
Nice! Just pick your spots now and
keep the bursts a little shorter
and keep that aim tight.
                                                            
Maria and George pick different targets and are soon hitting
various tight spots on the wreck.

Maria steps back and laughs.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
OK. We need a moving target now.
Jake, what say you maneuver
however you like around that
thing? Let's see if we can
fine-tune this.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Roger that.
                                                            
Jake starts the engines and hoists the anchor, lets the
engines warm up and then motors around the target boat at
various speeds and angles as George and Maria practice
firing at it.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. EVENING ON THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
They sit at the stern with wine. The Rosa is at anchor again
and they all seem satisfied with the day's work.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Now that was a good day's work.
Maria, you're the best shot I've
ever seen. You've picked up in a
day what it took me weeks to
learn.
                                                            
                       MARIA
Not the first time I've fired a
gun. But never one this big.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
I'm still having trouble moving
with the boat. But that gimbal and
recoil system is amazing. Damn
near point and shoot.
                                                            

35.

                       ZEKE
What's the weather like tomorrow
Jake?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Bit rougher. Definitely rougher.
No storms but the wind and waves
will pick up.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Perfect! George, can we get your
boys to tow out more boats? Set
them at various distances?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (getting up)
Not a problem. I'll get on the
horn.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. THE ROSA AT ANCHOR - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Morning on the Rosa. They watch as several tugs tow various
size wrecks out to the target ground.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (into cellphone)
Yes, wherever you like, at random.
(pause) Right, so you can use
that.
                                                            
They unlimber the guns as Jake goes to the helm, fires up
the engines, and hoists anchor.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Jake, just have some fun! Take us
through at any angle, speed you
want. Surprise us!
                                                            
                       JAKE
You got it!
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
The Rosa motors around the various wrecks at multiple speeds
and angles. Firing from the stern guns hit the wrecks with
tremendous impact. The smaller ones are sent sideways in the
water by the impacts.
                                                            
 

36.

EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (from the helm)
Got an idea! Let's try this!
                                                            
Jake motors fast around a boat, then comes to a near halt
near its stern and then veers to place the stern of the Rosa
pointing at the starboard stern of the target. They fire
from both aft guns with tremendous results.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
I like it!
                                                            
                       MARIA
Let's work on that!
                                                            
                       ZEKE
See if we can just sheer off the
rudder.
                                                            
They take aim at the stern and blow it to bits. The hulk
begins to sink from the stern.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Nice! OK, secure those two. Jake,
take us past that one! (pointing)
Let's get the cannons out.
                                                            
They put the covers back in place on the 50s and uncover the
two-inch cannons.

Zeke loads and fires several times. The wreck is hit with
each shot, sending up a plume of smoke and debris.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
George, you take this one. Maria,
the starboard cannon. This is
gonna take more practice. Cannon
rounds don't act like bullets.
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
The Rosa swings around various hulks at a steady speed as
the cannons fire, first from the port side, then from
starboard. Some shots miss, sending up huge plumes of spray.
Others hit with devastating effect.

At last the firing stops.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 

37.

EXT. EVENING ON THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
A WEEK LATER
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
At sunset, in the background the last two boats are sinking.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Now that was a good week's work.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Yes it was.
                                                            
                       MARIA
We should make Jake clean the guns
every evening. (laughter)
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (to Zeke)
I'd say we're ready. How about
you?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
I agree. But sailing yachts are
gonna be a whole 'nuther thing. We
need to be careful with that.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Agreed.
                                                            
                       MARIA
We'll manage.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Jake, take us out to sea tomorrow.
Start off the Bahamas.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. HELM OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
                       MARIA
Why?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I want both you and George to know
the basics of how to run this
thing under power. You never know.
                                                            

38.

Jake shows her the controls.
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
Shot from above as the Rosa jerks right and left awkwardly.
Then better.
                                                            
 
EXT. HELM OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                       JAKE
Not bad. That'll do. George,
you're next!
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (arriving at the
       helm)
Looks like she's got the hang of
it.
                                                            
                       JAKE
She does. Course, you know these
controls already, at least the
basics, and having been a fighter
pilot...
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Yes, but this setup is completely
new. And despite what you may have
heard, fighter pilots are cautious
by nature. At least, the ones
still alive. So let's have a look.
                                                            
George adapts quickly to the controls. He smoothly handles
the boat through a series of powerful, intricate maneuvers
as Jake talks him through some of the finer points. George
is obviously completely at home.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. GALLEY OF THE ROSA - NIGHT
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Maria and George sit at one end of the table, Zeke at the
other end. Jake is off to one side, serving the wine and
munching on snacks. There are candles in elegant,
translucent holders.
                                                            

39.

                       MARIA
Zeke, so obviously you were in the
military, right?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
I was.
                                                            
                       JAKE
He doesn't like to talk about it.
                                                            
                       MARIA
OK, so you talk about it.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Zeke did three tours in Vietnam
and it was not a pleasant
experience. He felt he had to do
it, he had too many friends that
needed protecting. But along the
way he became an expert at small
arms and artillery. Taught at
several bases, retired, what, 10
years ago?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Twenty.
                                                            
                       JAKE
And then did consulting work for
some manufacturers. You worked on
the .50 right?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
I did.
                                                            
                       JAKE
And his wife died several years
ago.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Six.
                                                            
                       MARIA
      (to Jake)
And your wife?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Two of 'em. Neither one liked
living on a boat. Never found one
who did. But that's OK. If I find
the right small boat I figure I'll
just retire on the water, putter,
maybe hire out for some of Frank's
            (MORE)

40.

                       JAKE (cont'd)
clients.
                                                            
                       MARIA
Sorry.
                                                            
                       JAKE
What?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
You'll get it in a minute.
                                                            
Zeke looks up at the ceiling, lights a match, waves it.

Maria smiles.
                                                            
                       MARIA
So how do you know one another?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
I used to hire out his fishing
boat. Did a lot of fishing.
                                                            
                       JAKE
I did a lot of fishing. He drank a
lot of beer.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
      (toasting)
Well, here's to pirate hunting.
Arrrr!
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (All)
Arr!
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. THE ROSA AT SEA - DAY
                                                            
SEVERAL DAYS LATER
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Under sail, the Rosa cruises off the Bahamas for more than a
week.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
      (standing by the
       rail with George)
Not exactly falling into our laps
are they?
                                                            

41.

                       GEORGE
It is pretty quiet. I think I'll
put in a call...I didn't really
expect to just come across them.
But I haven't heard anything
from...
                                                            
Sound of an alarm bell from the radio room. George goes
below.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. RADIO ROOM - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (into phone)
Heading? What are the last
coordinates? (looking at chart)
Give me that description again.
(writing) OK, we're on it.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
                       GEORGE
OK, we're on. Jake, 100 miles
west-northwest of Aguadilla. Near
something called the Milwaukee
Deep. What's that?
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (from the helm,
       lowering sails)
The deepest part of the Puerto
Rico Trench, at the western end.
They'll probably make for Sabana
del Mar, Dominica.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Where are we now?
                                                            
                       JAKE
We're about 20 miles sou-souwest
of Great Inagua. Just above the
northwestern tip of Haiti. We can
be there, or between that point
            (MORE)

42.

                       JAKE (cont'd)
and Sabana, in about 5 hours.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Will that be good enough?
                                                            
                       JAKE
They'll be loafing along. Plenty
of time. We got lucky.
                                                            
Sails down, the Rosa surges ahead at tremendous speed.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
George, Maria, and Zeke scan with binoculars.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
There! You said a blue hull?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Yes. Jake, get us close! She's
called the Sunset Mist.
                                                            
They approach the other boat.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (binoculars)
That's it. Get the guns ready.
                                                            
The Rosa quickly pulls past the port side of the Sunset Mist
and cuts across ahead of her bow. Jake slows her past the
starboard side and positions her with the stern facing the
Sunset Mist stern.

The pirate crew, startled, scramble for their guns.

Maria, at the starboard gun, fires at the rudder, neatly
clipping it off.

The pirate crew begin firing with small machine guns,
bullets splatter the gun shields on the Rosa.

George fires warning shots over their heads. Maria plants a
line of bullets just below their rail, splinters fly up in
all directions. The pirates keep firing, taking cover.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Jake! Port!
                                                            

43.

Jake eases the Rosa to port.

Zeke aims and fires the cannon and the main mast of the
pirate boat is shattered, rigging and sails falling over the
deck. The pirates have had enough and raise their hands.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (into a
       loudspeaker as
       Maria translates
       in Spanish)
Launch your life boats and get
into them. Leave your guns behind.
                                                            
The pirates, some Hispanic, some black, some white, some
Asian, hesitate, look at one another and say nothing.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
I repeat. Launch your life boats
and get into them. Leave your guns
behind. Do it now!
                                                            
Maria fires warning shots over their heads.

The pirate crew get out life rafts and reluctantly board
them.

The Rosa edges up to the bow and Zeke, at the stern, tosses
a grapple that snags the Sunset. They pull in the line and
attach a towline.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
      (to George)
Think there are any more hiding
inside?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Don't know. You wanna go look?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Not really.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Jake! Make for San Juan!
                                                            
                       JAKE
Aye, aye, skipper!
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (baleful look)
You're just gonna keep that up,
aren't you?
                                                            

44.

                       JAKE
      (looking away)
Aye, aye, skipper!
                                                            
The pirate crew are left behind in the life rafts.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
The Rosa motors for Puerto Rico towing the Sunset Mist.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. NAVY OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Zeke is alone with a naval officer.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
So then I blew the mast off.
                                                            
 
INT. NAVY OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Maria is alone with a naval officer.
                                                            
                       MARIA
No, I fire over their heads.
                                                            
 
INT. NAVY OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Jake is alone with a naval officer.
                                                            
                       JAKE
No, I didn't see them take any
guns off. But there was a lot
going on.
                                                            
 
INT. ADMIRAL CARLSSON'S OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Admiral CARLSSON, in full dress whites, leans against his
desk. George is in a chair.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
I thought it went pretty well.
                                                            

45.

                       CARLSSON
Like hell it did.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       CARLSSON
Two guys were hiding on the boat
and two others in the rafts kept
their guns. One was killed when
they fired on us.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Oh.
                                                            
                       CARLSSON
That's no good George. We can
isolate the pirates we bring
in--Haitians go to Dominican
prisons, Hondurans to Nicaraguan
prisons, and so on. But dead ones
have to be sent home and that's no
good. Before you know it there are
wailing mothers on the news and
signs saying "Yanqui Murderers."
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Yes, of course.
                                                            
                       CARLSSON
George, what happened to a bogey
when you got one in your sights?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
One dead bogey.
                                                            
                       CARLSSON
Oh, really?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Well...
                                                            
                       CARLSSON
Because I remember one over Libya.
You didn't fire your rockets, you
shot off his tail with your
cannons. Which is one helluva
maneuver.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Well...
                                                            

46.

                       CARLSSON
And you did that to give the guy a
chance to eject. George, that's
what we need here.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
How do you mean?
                                                            
                       CARLSSON
Don't fart around, George. Shoot
the stern off these boats, don't
give them a chance to so much as
think about it. While you're at
it, blow off the bow as well. They
won't need to be told to get off a
sinking boat, they'll jump ship
like the Queen of the Night is
after them.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Ah...
                                                            
                       CARLSSON
And they're not gonna bother with
their guns. The insurance
companies can go to hell. Now I
admit, from what I hear you people
are expert shots, and we're glad
to let you do this for us, we're
in a spot. But these boats need to
be sunk and we need to arrest the
pirates.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Got it. So we can continue?
                                                            
                       CARLSSON
Oh, yeah. We'll do better
monitoring and give you a call
when we've got something. But if
you get your asses shot off, I'm
afraid we know nothing about it.
On the other hand, anything else
goes wrong and we'll cover you.
Guaranteed.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (getting up)
Got it. Thanks, Bill. I hate to
say it, but I think we're gonna
enjoy this. What you've suggested
cuts the risk of fatalities way
down.
                                                            

47.

                       CARLSSON
And I want a ride on that boat.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (tight smile;
       throughout it
       never approaches
       a grin)
You got it! But get into civvies,
you look like a wedding cake.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
                       ZEKE
So that's all we gotta do?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
That's it.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Well, hell, that's easy!
                                                            
                       MARIA
I like it.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Me too.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
OK, let's head out. Jake, we need
to cruise from Jamaica to St.
John's and back. Then we should be
within hours of whatever pops up.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Aye, aye, cap'n, cap'n sir! (sharp
look from George) We need to
diesel up first.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Nobody told 'em to but some
sailors cleaned and oiled the
guns. Restocked a ton of ammo too.
                                                            
 

48.

EXT. HELM OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
      (as he stands at
       the helm)
Yaz, this is gonna be fun!
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA UNDER SAIL - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
The Rosa sails thru blue waters. Suggested music: "Bright
Sunshiny Day."
                                                            
 
INT. RADIO ROOM - DAY
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (into phone)
Martinique. Sixty-one fifty-two,
fourteen eighty-three. Got it.
I'll give you a call when we spot
it. (pause) Right. Out.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Jake! 61, 52 by 14, 83! We're on,
mates.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
What's it look like?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
All I've got is a white hull,
possibly 40 feet, no name, but
with a distinctive forecastle,
blue striping. Jake, where are we?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Due south of PR. The coordinates
you gave me are west-norwest of
Martinique, off of Mt. Pelee.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Right.
                                                            

49.

                       JAKE
At full speed, call it ten hours.
Long way.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Right, but they're a long way from
any useful port.
                                                            
                       MARIA
Yes, but how do we find them after
ten hours of sailing? The Sunset
Mist was easy to spot, it was so
unusual.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
The Navy will send up a spotter
plane when we need it and give us
new coordinates.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Yeah, but if they get too close,
it'll tip 'em off.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Trust me, these guys know what
they're doing.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA UNDER FAST MOTOR - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
As the Rosa approaches the pirate boat, Jake steers her
around the port side and George fires three life boat
packages into the sea nearby, which inflate as soon as they
hit the water.

The pirate crew looked stunned and puzzled.

Jake steers ahead of their bow, fast, and down her starboard
side, whipping quickly to present the Rosa stern to their
stern.

George and Maria blow the stern off with massive force from
the 50s.

Jake pulls slightly to port, Zeke uses the cannon to tear
the bow off the pirate ship, which immediately begins to
sink.


50.

Debris fills the water. Chaos as the pirates jump off the
port side and swim toward the life rafts.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Now that's what I call clean.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (pirate voice)
Shall we keelhaul the scurvy dogs
cap'n?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (resignedly)
Next time, Jake, next time.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (pirate voice)
Aye, aye, cap'n! ARRRR!
                                                            
Maria laughs.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. STATEROOM ON THE ROSA - NIGHT
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Maria sits up in bed, staring at George, who sits in a chair
off to one side.
                                                            
                       MARIA
Well?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Ahh, well.
                                                            
                       MARIA
So?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Well, ahh, I could try some
excercises.
                                                            
                       MARIA
Huh!
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Or pills, I could get some...
                                                            
                       MARIA
I don't like pills.
                                                            

51.

                       GEORGE
No, not for you, for me, I
could...
                                                            
                       MARIA
I don't like pills.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Yeah, ...well.
                                                            
                       MARIA
      (turning out the
       light)
So, OK.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. GALLEY OF THE ROSA - NIGHT
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
George sits at the table, Jake and Zeke in chairs. Jake has
a beer, Zeke a cigar.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Well, fellas, we need to have a
talk.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Shoot.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
I don't know if you two have ever
noticed, but, ah. Well. Seems to
me that most men have it all
wrong. The mousiest schoolmarm on
earth could wear out the biggest
stud around, if she wanted to.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
That's a fact.
                                                            
                       JAKE
They hide it well tho.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
They have to. They seem to know
from birth that a woman's
sexuality scares the shit out of
men.
                                                            

52.

                       ZEKE
Sure does. Now my wife (pause,
waves cigar) well,...never mind.
                                                            
                       JAKE
After my second wife warmed up she
could...(pause)...uh. What's this
all about anyway?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
I don't know if you've noticed,
but while I'm certainly not old,
I'm not ... young any more either.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Aha.
                                                            
                       JAKE
You do look kinda worn out at
that.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
And Maria... (lets it hang)
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Is a very beautiful woman.
                                                            
                       JAKE
And young.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Younger. Than me.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Ahh, you wouldn't be...?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Maria is...very expressive.
Very...alive. And, um...(pause)
the fact of the matter is...
                                                            
                       JAKE
You might could use
some...help...from time to time?
                                                            
Warning look from George.
                                                            
                       JAKE
I'm not smiling! I'm not!
                                                            
Zeke looks calm, relaxed, as Jake struggles to look sober.
                                                            

53.

                       GEORGE
Maria loves me and I'm not in any
doubt about that. And I love her.
I know she'll always be with me.
So.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (struggling with
       composure)
Captain, I'm a man who knows his
du...
                                                            
                       GEORGE
She doesn't want you.
                                                            
                       JAKE
What?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
She doesn't want you. She wants
him (aims a thumb at Zeke).
                                                            
                       JAKE
HIM? She wants HIM!?!?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
If you get a visit, Zeke, well,
I'm just telling you it's OK.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Understood.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
You should know, Zeke, just so you
know, you shouldn't fall in love
with her.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
I can't promise that, sir. But I
can promise that if I do I'll keep
it to myself. I know you two
belong together. I know that.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (getting up and
       leaving in
       disgust)
Of all the...(incoherent
obscenities)
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 

54.

INT. HALLWAY OF THE ROSA - NIGHT
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Maria opens a door, stands silently. Goes in.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. FROM ABOVE, THE ROSA UNDER SAIL - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
The Rosa motors fast toward a pirate ship.

She performs the same maneuver as before. The stern and bow
are blown off as pirates scramble to get off the boat.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
The captain refuses to give up and stands firing an AK47 at
the Rosa, spattering the bulletproof protectors.

Maria sends a line of shots thru the deck under his
feet--his gun flies up and away as he falls through the
deck.

Finally he crawls to the port side and jumps off, swimming
toward a life raft.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Piece of cake. These guys are
totally outgunned.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Out-trained.
                                                            
                       MARIA
Outmaneuvered! Not a chance!
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. EVENING ON THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
Funny thing is, Yaz, after that
first night, if my hearing is any
good, and it is, she hasn't been
back. Seems George doesn't need
            (MORE)

55.

                       JAKE (cont'd)
any more "help."
                                                            
Jake is fishing from the helm. He pulls in a small fish,
takes it off the hook, turns and throws it at Zeke, hitting
him in the back of the head.

Zeke merely rubs the back of his head and smiles. Maria
laughs. George tosses the fish back into the water.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
Did I mention that I don't like
that guy, Yaz?
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
The Rosa approaches another pirate boat, larger this time.
However, before Jake can get near, two Zodiacs are launched
from the other boat and come straight at them, bouncing on
the waves.

Jake tries to maneuver, but the two boats are circling,
trying to position themselves to shoot at the Rosa's crew
when they are not covered by their gun shields. They begin
to open fire, but in the waves the shots are wild.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Zeke, fast, the starboard gun!
                                                            
                       ZEKE
      (racing to
       starboard)
I'm on it!
                                                            
Zeke quickly gets the starboard cannon ready, aims and fires
at the nearest Zodiac, deliberately hitting in front of it.
The blast sends a tower of water up and lifts the bow up and
and sideways.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Get it while they're blind!
                                                            
Jake spins the boat to port. Maria shoots at the
rear-mounted outboard motor and it explodes.

The other Zodiac has passed over their bow and is raking the
deck with small arms fire as George and Maria duck. Zeke
aims a shot directly beneath their bow. The explosion lifts

56.

the bow straight up and sideways.

George takes aim across the deck and blows their motor off.
The pirates flail in the water, poor swimmers.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
You bastards! I oughta let you
drown!

You OK Maria?
                                                            
                       MARIA
It's OK. I'm fine.
                                                            
As Jake pulls them closer, George flips a life raft into the
sea near the floundering pirates. They begin climbing in,
yelling curses in different languages.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
That was a little too close. Need
to be ready for that one.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Yeah. Nice work with that cannon.

OK, Jake, let's finish this one
up!
                                                            
Jake spins the boat to send spray over the half-drowned
pirates in the raft.

The pirates on the main boat are already launching and
getting into life rafts. The crew of the Rosa wait until
they are safely off, then sink the yacht with full power. It
disintegrates.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. RADIO ROOM - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
                       GEORGE
What do you anticipate? (pause)
Where's it heading? (pause) How
long? (pause) What will it be by
then? (pause) OK, thank you. Out.
                                                            
 

57.

EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (to Maria and Zeke)
Well, this is lovely. There's a
hurricane headed for Jamaica.
(calling to helm) Jake! C'mon back
here!
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (joining them)
What's up, mon capitan?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Hurricane. Plotted to go south of
Jamaica, straight at us. NOAA says
category 3 by tonight. In open
water, seas up to 40 feet, winds
120 miles an hour. We should head
to port.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Maria, let's start getting stuff
below secured. It could still...
                                                            
                       JAKE
Wait.
                                                            
                       MARIA
      (with Zeke)
What??
                                                            
                       JAKE
Just...wait.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
What is it?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Look. That first day, when you had
me take over the controls, and I
felt those hydrofoils lift this
boat, and felt those engines...

Listen, George. I would've given
back the ten grand that minute, I
almost did. I'd drive this thing
down the throat of Cape Horn just
for the hell of it.
                                                            
                       MARIA
But this is a hurricane!
                                                            

58.

                       ZEKE
Jake, this is a sixty foot boat,
fer chrissake!
                                                            
                       JAKE
I know.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Jake, can she take that? Forty,
maybe fifty foot waves and ...
                                                            
                       JAKE
Could be a lot bigger than that,
if I put her in the right place.
                                                            
                       MARIA
Jake!
                                                            
                       ZEKE
You're outta your fuckin' mind.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Can she take it?
                                                            
                       JAKE
She can. With me at the helm, she
can. I know this boat.
                                                            
                       MARIA
      (crossing herself)
Madre de dios.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Oh, lord.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Look, you wanna have the ride of
your life? I'll bring us thru.
You'll never have a chance like
this again.
                                                            
Long pause. The wind is whipping up.
                                                            
                       MARIA
      (laughs)
What the hell!
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (tight smile)
I believe you can do it.
                                                            

59.

                       ZEKE
Jesus christ! You people,
you...(pause). Oh, what the hell.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Like you said, secure the boat.
And make it good.
                                                            
Activity as everything loose in the boat is tied down or
stowed.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (from the helm)
Maria, come take the helm for a
minute.
                                                            
She does so, Jake joins George in the stern as Zeke comes up
from below.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Good, Zeke. We should rig some of
those spare shields up around the
helm, and rig some good railing.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Right! I like it!
                                                            
                       ZEKE
You're outta your friggin' mind.
You want us to hang on up there...
                                                            
                       JAKE
Best view in town!
                                                            
                       ZEKE
You people are all crazy. (beat)
Oh, what the hell. Who wants to
die in bed anyway?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Let's get to it!
                                                            
                       JAKE
We've got about an hour.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            

60.

The Rosa approaches the storm.

The winds are picking up rapidly and the Rosa easily rides
up and over each 40-foot wave. Her bow crashes into the sea,
sending spray back across the deck.

We see from above that Jake, George, Maria, and Zeke are
standing behind the enlarged, high shield, holding onto a
strong bar. So far, the shield is keeping them from being
hit with the spray, even in the strong wind, which they are
heading straight into.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA IN A STORM - DAY
                                                            
The Rosa enters the worst of the storm, with 50-foot waves.
Strong winds and spray.

A great deal of lightning keeps the scene well lit.
Suggested music: Ridin' the Storm Out.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (loud, to Jake)
Where are we?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Off of Portland Ridge,
south-southwest of Kingston.
Shallower water, bigger waves, but
we can get into harbor if
something goes wrong!
                                                            
Above the noise of the wind, George relays this to Maria,
who relays it to Zeke. Each grips a rail behind the clear
shields. They are all tied to the rail with ropes.
                                                            
DARKNESS, MULTIPLE LIGHTNING FLASHES, HEAVIER SEAS.
                                                            
The Rosa enters the heart of the hurricane, with 60-foot
waves.

Jake steers her at an angle to the crest of a wave, under
strong power and with the hydrofoils partly extended.

He straightens out as they reach the crest and as she tops
it he pulls back the hydrofoils and powers back, then
quickly extends them again.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (yelling)
You're pulling the hydros in and
out.
                                                            

61.

                       JAKE
      (yelling)
Yes. When we top a wave, coming
down on the other side could smash
them. But I have to extend them
again to keep her from diving.
                                                            
They plunge thru the storm, wave after wave, as Jake
maneuvers up and over the waves in various ways.

Zeke looks concerned but not afraid. Maria has a look of
exhilaration. George looks completely calm and satisfied.

Suddenly, Jake looks to his right and sees a monster wave
coming at them from starboard, at right angles to the
prevailing waves.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (yelling)
Rogue! Hang on!
                                                            
                       ZEKE
      (as he sees the
       monster wave)
Holy shit!
                                                            
                       MARIA
Madre!
                                                            
The rogue wave is far taller than the Rosa.

Jake steers at an angle up the current wave, aiming at the
rogue. He suddenly veers to port, bringing them at a new
angle up the rogue, then straightens out.

The Rosa strains to climb to the top, at full power. The
wave begins to break just as they reach the crest.

The Rosa is momentarily flung backwards, then recovers and
powers over the top. They surge over the top in a huge
burst, half-way out of the water.

At first hugely alarmed, George, Maria and Jake shout and
cheer, ecstatic.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
      (above the noise)
You son-of-a-bitch Jake!
                                                            
                       MARIA
Son-of-a-bitch Jake!
                                                            

62.

Heading for a dangerous trough left by the rogue, Jake
expertly brings the Rosa to port, slaloming down the wave,
surfing with one hydrofoil out of the water. He steers
straight into the next wave.

Lightning and thunder all around. The flashes add to the
sense of danger and near chaos.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (to George)
Ain't she a boat?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Beautiful boat!
                                                            
                       JAKE
Let's crank her up!
                                                            
Now with full confidence, Jake takes each successive wave,
now 70 feet, at high speed, launching the Rosa over each
crest, half out of the water.

It is a carnival ride. The waves grow even bigger.

Maria and Zeke are exultant. George is almost smiling.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. DAWN ON THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
THE NEXT MORNING
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
The storm has passed and they relax on the deck, Zeke smokes
a cigar.

Blue-black, low wisps of clouds race to the north, while
above them high billows of yellow clouds move in the
opposite direction, lit by the morning sun, all in constant
motion.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
I must say.
                                                            
                       MARIA
Yes.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
All of that.
                                                            

63.

Jake is relaxed, trying to imitate George's tight smile.
Maria laughs.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. JAKE'S ROOM ON THE ROSA - NIGHT
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Jake is reading. The door opens.
                                                            
                       MARIA
Once. Just once.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. THE ROSA UNDER SAIL - DAY
                                                            
TWO DAYS LATER
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
George, Maria, and Zeke lounge in the stern.

Jake is at the helm, tending the sailing and fishing.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
We started out...when was it?
Damn.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Late June.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Right. Call it 7 weeks. And we've
sunk 11 boats.
                                                            
                       MARIA
Twelve.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Right, twelve. And nothing for two
weeks. Think we've cleaned them
out?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
According to Admi...

According to the Navy, about half.
They think the pressure is getting
too great and the Haitian port
authorities are getting near to
            (MORE)

64.

                       GEORGE (cont'd)
caving in.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
And that would be the end of it?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Sure. The others would fall like
dominoes and then they'd arrest
the ones they know are involved.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Well, it's been a nice cruise.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
We'll stay out another week or so.
Get in some more fishing.
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE ROSA UNDER SAIL - DAY
                                                            
The crew swim, dive, fish, and scuba.

Suggested music: Sweet City Woman.

Various shots and angles. The crew are relaxed and happy.
The seas are calm and the sun shines.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. BELOWDECKS ON THE ROSA, SMALL LIGHTS - NIGHT
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Dawn is just breaking.

A klaxon alarm sounds. George, Jake, and Zeke scramble for
the deck, dressing as they go.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                       MARIA
      (from the helm,
       pointing to the
       stern)
There!
                                                            
In the distance, six fast launches are approaching, much
bigger than the Zodiacs.

Jake springs to the helm.
                                                            

65.

                       JAKE
      (shouting)
I need a minute to warm up the
diesels!
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Whoa, shit.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Jake! We don't have a minute!
                                                            
 
EXT. ON BOARD A PIRATE LAUNCH - DAY
                                                            
The pirates are sitting in the bouncing launches, holding
rocket-propelled grenade launchers and numerous small
arms--machine guns, shotguns, and rifles. They are grinning.

We see their sister-launches in the background.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
The launches are approaching fast.

Jake throttles the diesel engines up and down, warming them
up. George, Zeke, and Maria snap the protectors into place
and unlimber the guns.
                                                            
 
EXT. ON BOARD A PIRATE LAUNCH - DAY
                                                            
                       PIRATE 1
      (from the helm at
       the rear)
(to his left) Spread out!

(to his right) Spread out!
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
Maria takes the port gun and begins firing, George fires
from the starboard gun.

The launches are coming from all directions, firing
rocket-propelled grenades. Plumes of spray go up as they
explode in the water around the Rosa.

In the moderate chop, their aim is off. Small arms fire
begins sprinkling the clear protectors and the sides and
stern of the Rosa but they are too far away to be effective.
One launch is taken out by the starboard gun.

66.


Zeke fires his cannon but it is ineffective against such
fast-moving targets. They close to within a hundred yards.

A second launch is ripped to pieces as sailors jump into the
sea.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hang on!
                                                            
As the Rosa gets underway, the launches are close enough
that their fire is beginning to get close.

Jake surges the Rosa forward but the four remaining launches
are all around her.

Maria takes out another launch. George settles himself,
takes careful aim as plumes of spray nearly obscure his
sight, then he sees a boat flying up over a wave, dead in
his sights, and he destroys it with three quick short
bursts.

Two launches left.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hang on!
                                                            
A launch has come too close to the Rosa's bow. Jake swings
her quickly and throttles up with a huge surge forward.

The pirate launch is now dead ahead and the crew leap out of
the boat. Jake smashes over it, destroying it completely.

The final launch swings sideways, behind the Rosa, then
slows.
                                                            
 
EXT. ON BOARD A PIRATE LAUNCH - DAY
                                                            
                       PIRATE 1
Now get that son of a bitch!
                                                            
All of them grab rocket launchers and begin firing grenades
at the Rosa. Their boat is much steadier now.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
The splintering of running over the previous launch has
bounced everyone around and off their feet.

Suddenly, towering columns of water are all around the Rosa
as grenades begin exploding closer and closer.

67.


George and Maria make it to their feet and Maria takes the
starboard gun as George gets the port gun. He slips just as
he gets there and as he falls below the gun, a huge
explosion hits very near the port stern of the Rosa.

Maria takes careful aim and sends two long volleys into the
last remaining launch. A cascade of splinters explodes from
the boat as it is utterly destroyed in seconds.

George's portside shield is destroyed but his slip and fall
have saved him. Zeke rises up from beside the starboard
cannon.

Maria runs to George.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Rudder's out!
                                                            
                       ZEKE
You two OK?
                                                            
                       MARIA
I'm fine.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Fine!
                                                            
                       MARIA
My ears are ringing.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Take a look--those launches had a
mother (points astern)
                                                            
A huge black ship is approaching from the stern. It's the
Jenny K. She is on hydrofoils and coming fast.
                                                            
                       JAKE
The port engine is out!
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Can you steer with just the foils?
                                                            
                       JAKE
I can but I need more. The sail
hydraulics are out. Get up to the
bow and give me a quarter jib.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (racing to the bow)
What good will that do?
                                                            

68.

                       JAKE
I can use it as a kind of forward
rudder. I still have boom
controls.
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE JENNY K AND THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
The Jenny K is closing fast from two miles away. Her crew is
test-firing .50 calibers of their own--many of them. She
also has cannons. The crew practice firing them at the Rosa,
too far away to be effective.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
George gets the forward jib part raised and heads back to
the stern.

They see the Jenny K practicing with the 50-caliber guns and
cannons.

Jake begins to maneuver, getting a feel for what he can do.

All hell breaks loose.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
Hang on, Yaz, this is gonna get
rough.
                                                            
The Jenny K is nearly upon them.

She towers over the Rosa, almost 100 feet and styled like an
old-time sailing yacht. She has come into range but the
5-foot waves make their aim poor. Lines of bullets hitting
the water and cannon shells exploding.

Jake swings quickly to starboard to present the stern to the
starboard side of the Jenny, then ducks quickly behind her.

The pirates are slow to adjust to the maneuver and their
shots veer off wildly.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Jake, call out your swings to us
so we can be ready.
                                                            
                       JAKE
You got it! Hard starboard!
                                                            
The Rosa swings up alongside the Jenny's port side, avoiding
fire as they are too close.
                                                            

69.

                       JAKE
Hard starboard again!
                                                            
The Rosa swings slightly to port, then hard starboard to
dodge under the Jenny's bow.

As she does so, the bowsprit of the Jenny takes off half of
the Rosa's main mast, which trails over the side for a
moment, then flies free.

The Jenny swings quickly to port, to present her starboard
guns to the Rosa.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Backing into her!
                                                            
Jake stops the Rosa and backs into the Jenny.

The pirates' shots are wild, their guns are not mounted on
gimbals as the Rosa's guns are and the wave chop sends
bullets and cannon shots over and around the Rosa.

George and Maria begin raking the deck of the Jenny. Their
shots have great effect as two of the 50s and two of the
cannons are quickly knocked out.

Zeke tries but cannot get a shot off at this angle.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Get to starboard Zeke! Hard
starboard!
                                                            
 
EXT. ON BOARD THE JENNY - DAY
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DIEGO
Hard to port! I said hard!
                                                            
The Captain of the Jenny is an enormous man with wild black
hair and determined, piercing eyes. The crew follow his hand
gestures perfectly, after many years of practice.

The helmsman at the rear swings the wheel sharply
counterclockwise, but the Jenny is too big to turn as
quickly as the Rosa, nor does he have enough experience with
the hydros.
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE JENNY K AND THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
From above we see the maneuver.

As the Jenny lumbers to port, Jake has come around to

70.

starboard and begins to slip past the Jenny's stern, but
well away. Realizing his mistake, since the Jenny's port
guns would be full upon them, Jake wheels even harder to
starboard to come up close beside the Jenny's half-ruined
starboard side.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
Zeke races back to the port cannon.

As they clear the bow of the Jenny and veer off again to
starboard, Zeke finally gets a shot off. It explodes in just
forward of the Jenny's forecastle.

Both boats maneuver wildly, trying to get a clean advantage
in position and firepower. There is tremendous spray around
the Rosa as hundreds of bullets and cannon explosions
surround her, most of them wild.

Jake turns slightly to port, trying to keep the Jenny K's
bow squarely behind them, but the captain of the Jenny
anticipates his move.

Suddenly, the Jenny surges ahead, then turns to starboard at
the right distance and angle and presents her port guns.
                                                            
 
EXT. ON BOARD THE JENNY - DAY
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DIEGO
Throttle, give her throttle! Ready
with those port guns! Give it to
'em!
                                                            
 
INT. AERIAL OF THE JENNY K AND THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
As the Jenny K's port guns open up, the Rosa, ahead of them,
is still turning to port, presenting a perfect target.

Their is a tremendous volley around the Rosa as some shots
begin to hit with loud, sharp whangs.

Jake sees his second mistake and briefly turns to starboard
to present a smaller target, then slows and turns hard to
starboard.
                                                            
 

71.

EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                       JAKE
Hard starboard! Look out! I can't
outrun 'em and we're gonna take
some fire!
                                                            
50-caliber rounds from the Jenny begin to rake the Rosa,
splintering the shields and hitting the sides and stern,
making huge thudding sounds.

Splinters are flying in every direction as Jake powers
forward, ducking sharply to port to come around the Jenny's
stern.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (as he starts his
       maneuver)
Zeke, port cannon! George,
starboard cannon! Maria, get down!
                                                            
The Jenny's starboard stern is clearly visible off the port
quarter of the Rosa.

Jake pulls the Rosa to a quick near halt to steady her aim.

Both Zeke and George have a clear shot with the cannons,
Zeke aiming just to the right of the Rosa's stern and George
across the deck, aiming almost directly over the port 50
caliber.
                                                            
 
EXT. ON BOARD THE JENNY - DAY
                                                            
                       CAPTAIN DIEGO
Hard port! Heel her over!
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
      (watching)
That's his first mistake, Yaz.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
George and Zeke aim and fire together. Both cannon shells
explode on the Jenny's starboard side, near the stern,
almost simultaneously, just as the helmsman was starting his
port turn.

Diego had planned to come up behind the Rosa, again
presenting his devastating port guns, but Jake's sudden stop
was unexpected.


72.

As the cannon shots hit, the combined impacts throw the
Jenny far more to port as she began her port turn. The
helmsman instinctively overcorrects and throws her hard to
starboard.

The Jenny K heels back over in a wild starboard 30-degree
list, presenting her deck to the Rosa.

George sends a shot into her deck amidships.

Zeke sends a shot more towards her stern, straight into the
deck. Their are three enormous explosions in succession as
the Jenny's magazine and fuel tanks explode in an
all-consuming burst of yellow and orange.
                                                            
 
EXT. AERIAL OF THE JENNY K AND THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
The explosions from above. The deck of the Jenny is pointing
above the Rosa but a shower of debris still hits her.

The Jenny K settles back, her stern aflame and starting to
sink.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
Zeke's protector is blown away and a large chunk of debris
hits him in the left shoulder.

George is hit in the lower left abdomen by a piece of
shrapnel. He goes down on the deck,

Zeke is cursing wildly.

Jake sees small splinters in his clothes and he feels the
back of his head--it is bleeding.

He watches as the Jenny straightens but immediately begins
to sink from the stern.

Maria races to the port 50. The Rosa has come to a complete
stop as Jake is stunned and the engine quits.

As the Jenny's bow raises high above them, the enormous
Captain Diego appears. He is holding a 50-caliber machine
gun as lightly as if it were an AK47. To Jake's stunned eyes
he has a monstrous black beard and a peg leg. He begins
firing at the Rosa, huge bullets rip into her--he is calm
and detached, a madman.

Maria takes careful aim and fires a single shot--an arc of
pink spray goes up behind Diego and he flies backwards.

73.


Maria glances over at George, lying on the deck in a pool of
sloshing blood, staring straight up at the sky.

She swings the gun at the remaining pirates on the Jenny.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
      (turning away)
Poor bastards never had a chance,
Yaz.
                                                            
Zeke is sitting next to the port cannon, stunned. The Jenny
is now half-submerged as Maria races to George. Jake does
also. George looks at the sky, completely serene.

Maria races to the cabin and comes back with a box of
bandages and supplies.

As the last of the Jenny K sinks, a huge final explosion
sends a rocket of flame skyward. Flotsam covers the sea.

Jake tends to Zeke, who is now on his feet.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Grab me here, under my arm. No,
here! It's dislocated and I think
my forearm is broken too, so don't
touch that. Put your foot on my
hip and use the upper arm like a
lever, pull slow and steady but
strong.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
I didn't think he could scream,
Yaz, but he did.
                                                            
SHOT FROM HIGH ABOVE THE ROSA AS ZEKE SCREAMS
                                                            
Jake goes to help Maria. She has torn away George's shirt
and is applying a compress to his bleeding abdomen. Jake now
sees that she has a gash in her forehead as she wipes the
blood from her brow. As she works on George he applies a pad
and bandage to her forehead.
                                                            
                       MARIA
      (quite calm)
Help me with this bandage.
                                                            
Jake lifts him by the shoulders as she wraps the bandage
around him.
                                                            
                       MARIA
Let's get him below.
                                                            
 

74.

INT. HALLWAY OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
They carry him down to the stateroom and get him into bed.
He is nearly unconscious.

Jake makes a quick inspection, paying special attention to
the pump gauges and goes back up on deck.
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
Zeke sits at the stern, holding his left arm in his lap.

Jake has brought bandages and begins making a sling, easing
it over Zeke's neck and under his forearm.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Doesn't hurt that much yet. It
will. Think the arm is just
fractured. Much obliged.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Zeke, she's shot full of holes on
the port side. Nothing big but a
lot of 'em and the pumps won't be
able to keep up. We have to do a
fothering or we'll sink.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
What the hell is a fothering?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Just watch me and do what I tell
you. Can you help with a sail? Can
you manage?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
I'll manage. Get to it.
                                                            
Jake goes to the forward sail locker and returns pulling a
large triangular sail.

He and Zeke spread it out, with the small end of the sail
over the port side. Jake tosses the rope over the side.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Spread the other end out as much
as you can. I'll be right back.
                                                            
Jake goes below, comes back with goggles, a rebreather, and
flippers. He starts putting them on.
                                                            

75.

                       JAKE
When I start pulling it under, you
see if you can ease off as much as
you can. Tie off these ends to the
rails, as far apart as they'll go.

When I get the line under the boat
and to the other side, I'll toss
it up and you haul it aboard. Just
hold it until I can get back up to
start tying it to the mast.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
I get it! Like a giant diaper!
Over the side and then cinch it
up!
                                                            
                       JAKE
That's it!
                                                            
Jake jumps over the side, grabs the line and swims under the
boat with it. The sail slowly disappears over the side.

Jake appears on the other side and throws the line up onto
the deck, then swims to the stern ladder and comes back on
deck.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (taking off gear)
OK, can you finish tying up those
other ends? I'll get this cinched
up tight to the mast.

Keep the sail flattened out as
best you can. Won't help much but
I'll tack the leading edge to the
hull.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Will this really work? What about
the keel?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Small keel on this boat, on
account of the hydros.

It should be enough so that the
pumps can work. Maybe. We've gotta
get to port and we've only got one
engine. I hope we've got one
engine.
                                                            

76.

                       ZEKE
      (as they work)
Where the hell are we?
                                                            
                       JAKE
About fifty miles south of Navassa
Island, which is off the western
tip of Haiti. Kingston is about
another hundred and fifty miles
due west.

I should have known to get out of
these waters! Son of a bitch!
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Isn't there anything closer?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Not that would do us any good.

There are Navy boats south of
Jamaica somewhere. Get on the
radio, start blasting maydays.

I'll see if that engine will
start. If not, we'll have to sail
with half a mast, and that ain't
good.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Jake is alone at the helm, under power. The Rosa looks
half-wrecked. Maria comes up from below with supplies and
bandages his head.
                                                            
                       JAKE
How is he?
                                                            
                       MARIA
Unconscious. He lost a lot of
blood. I think he's bleeding
inside. But he had the sense to
stock plasma and I've got that
going.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Good.
                                                            

77.

                       MARIA
Why are we going so slow?
                                                            
                       JAKE
If I go more than 12 knots that
repair sail starts to billow out.
If that happens we'll sink in half
an hour.
                                                            
                       MARIA
How far are we from port?
                                                            
                       JAKE
About 12 hours.
                                                            
                       MARIA
Jake! He can't...
                                                            
                       JAKE
BUT! Zeke raised a Navy cutter
with his mayday. The Chelsea. She
was cruising south of Jamaica and
she's on her way. We ought to meet
up in about 2 hours. How's Zeke?
                                                            
                       MARIA
I think his arm is fractured. I
gave him a pain pill and made him
stay in bed.
                                                            
Over Maria's shoulder, we see Zeke sitting in the stern, his
arm in a sling.
                                                            
                       JAKE
OK. You watch George, I'll let you
know when I spot the cutter.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
TWO HOURS LATER
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
                       ZEKE
      (from the stern)
Jake!
                                                            
                       JAKE
I see her!
                                                            

78.

Jake spots the Chelsea, just above the horizon, and calls
below.

The Navy cutter makes steady progress directly for them
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
HALF AN HOUR LATER
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
                       JAKE
Zeke! Come take the helm while I
help Maria with George.

(Zeke ambles forward)

Just keep her slow and steady.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Right! Slow to a stop when she
comes up?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yes. No! They'll tell us how they
want to do it.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. THE ROSA AT SEA - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
The cutter comes along the starboard side. Captain FINCH
hails them from the railing.
                                                            
                       FINCH
      (thru hailer)
Just keep her steady, your speed
is fine. Let us do the work.
                                                            
 
EXT. HELM OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
Zeke watches from the helm as Jake and Maria set George, on
a litter, down on the deck.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (coming up to the
       helm)
OK, thanks Zeke. I'll take over.

            (MORE)

79.

                       JAKE (cont'd)
Better get your things together.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
You can't sail this thing in
alone. I'm all right, I can...
                                                            
                       JAKE
Zeke! Fer Chrissake! You've got a
broken arm! I can handle this boat
just fine. Believe me. Go on!
                                                            
The cutter sails in sync with the Rosa.

Zeke goes below.

Ropes are sent across and several sailors swing over.

George is on the deck with an IV bag on a hanger by the
litter.

A basket is sent for George and he is secured in it and
hoisted over.
                                                            
                       FINCH
      (over the rail)
Are you the captain?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Acting captain. Name's Jake.
                                                            
                       FINCH
Captain Finch. Are you sending
more over?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Yes, his wife Maria and Zeke. He
has a broken arm. Can you send
some men to repair my leaks on the
port side?
                                                            
                       FINCH
Of course. Do you need a doctor?
                                                            
                       JAKE
No, I'm fine.
                                                            
Maria and Zeke are sent over to the cutter in bos'n chairs.

Divers jump in the water and swim below the Rosa.

More sailors swarm aboard the Rosa and go below. There is

80.

much activity as they repair the leaks while others remove
the fothering.
                                                            
                       FINCH
      (talking to a
       sailor, then to
       Jake)
Your port propellor has been shot
off. Nothing we can do about that.
                                                            
                       JAKE
OK. Thank you Captain!
                                                            
                       FINCH
Do you want me to leave a couple
of men to sail back with you?
                                                            
                       JAKE
No, I'm fine. Get him to Kingston
as fast as you can!
                                                            
                       FINCH
The doctor's with him now. See you
in Kingston Jake!
                                                            
The last sailors swing back to the Chelsea. The final one
stops and gives Jake a salute.

Jake waves as the cutter sails off, fast.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. THE DECK OF THE ROSA - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Motoring faster now, the Rosa makes better time.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
It's weird, Yaz. I'm in a kind of
panic, but at the same time
perfectly calm. What'll I do if...
What'll I do, Yaz?
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. PORT OF KINGSTON - NIGHT
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            

81.

The Rosa comes into port, listing slightly. Sailors quickly
tie her up and take Jake away.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Maria and Zeke are sitting on a bench. Jake comes down the
hallway.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
      (standing)
Jake!
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (wry smile)
Ahoy, matey! (they shake hands
warmly) How are you?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Never better!
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (to Maria)
How's he doing? How are you?
                                                            
                       MARIA
We're waiting to see him. They
operated yesterday. He lost part
of his spleen but they say he'll
be fine. But they won't let me in
to see him!
                                                            
Admiral Carlsson approaches from behind.
                                                            
                       CARLSSON
You can see him now. (they turn)

I take it you're Maria? I'm
Admiral Carlsson, I've known
George for a long time.

You must be Jake? (shaking hands)
And Zeke? They tell me he's awake
and ready to see us now.
                                                            
                       MARIA
      (as they walk)
But Jorge said you were in San
Juan?
                                                            

82.

                       CARLSSON
Had a little arranging to do here.
You folks have had quite a trip.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Carlsson holds the door for them as they go into George's
room. He is half propped up in bed, a small smile. His voice
is weak but clear. Carlsson goes off to one side,
unobtrusive.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Maria!
                                                            
                       MARIA
Jorge mi amor!
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Jake! Zeke! You guys OK?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Fine!
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Never been better!
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (to Maria)
What's this (pointing to bandage
on her head) a new hat?
                                                            
                       MARIA
It's a bandage you idiot. It's
nothing. How are you mi amor?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Little weak. Little headache. I'm
fine. (to Zeke and Jake) Did we
get her?
                                                            
                       JAKE
Safe and sound on the bottom. The
Rosa's pretty shot up.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (seeing Carlsson)
Bill! Son of a bitch! Come here!
                                                            

83.

                       CARLSSON
      (approaches,
       smiling)
How are you George?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Not a care! Damn glad to see these
folks in one piece. What are you
doing here?
                                                            
                       CARLSSON
Just seeing to things. Got a call
from Captain Finch that was a bit
alarming.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Any news on the news?
                                                            
                       CARLSSON
Not a word. Some shouting in
Haiti, nothing to worry about.

Well, I'm glad to see you're OK.
We'll talk later. Maria. Jake.
Zeke. Take care now.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (as Carlsson
       reaches the door)
Bill! (he turns) Thank you. I
mean...thank you.
                                                            
Carlsson makes a small salute, exits.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY
                                                            
TWO DAYS LATER
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
George sits up in bed. Maria stands over by the window,
angry.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
I don't see it that way.
                                                            
                       MARIA
[A volley in Spanish]
                                                            

84.

                       GEORGE
How can you say that? How can
you...
                                                            
                       MARIA
[Another volley in Spanish]
                                                            
                       GEORGE
All I'm saying is it wouldn't hurt
to think about it. You have to
admit...
                                                            
                       MARIA
[Yet another volley]
                                                            
                       GEORGE
But admit it, have you ever had
such a time in your life? Have
you?
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
INT. KINGSTON BAR - NIGHT
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
Jake and Zeke sit at a small corner table.

Jake drinks beer, Zeke smokes a cigar.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Well thank you Jake. You're one
helluva sailor.
                                                            
                       JAKE
One helluva ride, wasn't it?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
That it was, my friend. That it
was.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Thing is...(let's it hang)
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Know what you mean. Exactly.

Don't think I told you but I've
had my eye on...well. (shifts in
his chair)
                                                            

85.

                       JAKE
Ah. Well. In Miami?
                                                            
                       ZEKE
South. South of there. In Naranja.
Name of Betty. She's got a little
beauty shop there. Not a day over
forty and cute as a button.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Well, this was fun. But.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Yeah.
                                                            
                       JAKE
Almost more than I could take.
Once was fine, but...
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Not gettin' any younger.
                                                            
                       JAKE
No. No. (pause, sighs) Not gettin'
any younger.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT
                                                            
 
EXT. GARDEN OF THE HOSPITAL - DAY
                                                            
TWO DAYS LATER
                                                            
                                         FADE IN
                                                            
George, Maria, Jake, and Zeke sit around a table. They are
all in bandages.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
Look like a bunch of pirates
ourselves.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
      (waves cigar)
Been thinking about getting a
parrot.
                                                            
                       JAKE
George, me and Zeke have been
talking.

This was the greatest trip of our
lives. Of course. And I've never
known two finer people, I can't
            (MORE)

86.

                       JAKE (cont'd)
say how much I admire you both.

But the Rosa's in drydock and so
are we.

This was incredible, but...
                                                            
                       GEORGE
I understand.
                                                            
                       ZEKE
Thanks for the cruise, but there's
a little beach south of Miami I
need to see.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
I understand. We're going to sell
the Rosa.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
That was good.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
But we're thinking about buying
another.
                                                            
                       JAKE (V.O.)
That wasn't good.
                                                            
                       GEORGE
We think we're gonna need a bigger
boat.
                                                            
                       JAKE
(beat) A bigger boat! Why would
you need a bigger boat...any boat
at all! Haven't you had enough?
                                                            
                       GEORGE
      (tight smile)
We were thinking of sailing to
Somalia.
                                                            
                       JAKE
      (disbelief)
...Somalia!
                                                            
                       MARIA
Si, mi amor. Somalia.
                                                            
And Maria smiles.
                                                            

87.

THE END
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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