Dominica, West Indies--Summer 2011. Samson Dixwell, a Guadeloupe raccoon, embarks on his very first visit to the quiet northeastern village of Marigot. Once he steps out of the car, he is in for one very big surprise:
He's a part of the largest family reunion ever held in this corner of paradise. Fancy having to catch up with 125 relatives, all told! At least he did fine with his mom, dad, grandparents and aunt in Stockfarm, a suburb of Roseau.
Thanks to a friend from primary school, Sammy wants nothing more than to meet his fabled uncle Matthew, a formerly reclusive filmmaker out of Toronto. Only one thing: he's an absentee among those in the honour roll. Some of them understandably find it funny he's invited everyone else for the occasion!
As it happens, Matthew has teamed up with his long-unseen son, Nathaniel, for an intensive shoot in nearby Marie-Galante. Sammy wants to go there as well--and give him a crucial blue chest rumoured to hold one of the Holy Grails of film history. Unknown to him, though, a young nomadic trio of ragamuffin bears see some value in this unstable nitrate--and are holding up the recovery efforts for those concerned. Even Sammy's exploits with his new friends--a musically inclined feline, a Muslim squirrel, and a banana-growing otter--could impede his progress further.
Could this phantom canister bring Matthew closer towards blue lady Malaika, the love of his life? Nephew Sammy had better show up by August 29--or else it'll be him and Linda, a match made in Heck.
This project will consist of two finished books--one aimed at young readers (Samson's story), the other aimed towards their parents (with Matthew, son and girlfriends at the helm).
All files in this project are dedicated to the public domain. Also CC0 and Kopimi.