the dedication

At eighteen years old, Nathan Kelly is ready to leave the town of Santa Price behind. Home to arrogant jock bullies, an overworked older brother living paycheck to paycheck, and a litany of classmates who never seem to notice him…

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At eighteen years old, Nathan Kelly is ready to leave the town of Santa Price behind. Home to arrogant jock bullies, an overworked older brother living paycheck to paycheck, and a litany of
classmates who never seem to notice him much anyways, Nate looks eagerly towards closing the summer gap between Santa Price and new beginnings at Stanford. Bookending his
high school experience at the diner, the class of ’01 listen in on an internationally popular music segment by radio host Tripp Rivers.

Listening as people across the globe call in to dedicate love songs to their significant other, or
to declare their love, Nate is confronted with one loose thread he has never had the courage to tie: Tiffany Wells. The most popular girl in school, daughter to the one of the richest couples in town, and entirely out of Nate’s league. Tiffany, who always has a smile to spare, even for those who live in her periphery.

Invited to her senior pool party, Nate is surprised when she approaches him, taking an interest
in his art, and laments with him over missed opportunities and chances left untaken. Sharing
his first real moment with Tiffany under the stars, Nate is determined to not repeat past
mistakes. Gathering the courage to declare his feelings through the shared language of music,
all of Nate’s confidence is quelled when mean-spirited antics of a classmate has him up and
running. Nate runs from Santa Price and hopes to never look back – not even for the girl of his
dreams.

Twenty years later, Nate is a successful video game developer and sought-out bachelor in Los
Angeles. Heading home ahead of his next impending game launch, Nate is thrown back into his
past when he overhears a memoriam tribute dedicated to famed radio personality Tripp Rivers.

Listening to the quirky radio host’s segments of songs preceded by love declarations and
dedications, Nate is shocked to hear a dedication made from a teenaged Tiffany to him.
Overwhelmed with the knowledge that his feelings were returned, and had gone
unacknowledged all these years, Nate sets out to return to where it all began.

Setting foot back in Santa Price, Nate is confronted with its changing landscape, the friends he’d left behind, and the idea that not everything was how it seemed. The town has been rocked by financial scandal, sending the once affluent Wells family from top of the food chain into social
pariahs. A once promising future for Tiffany has turned to smoke, and no one has heard from
her since. Nate goes on a quest to find out what happened to the woman he is still in love with.

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