Is the sun rising or setting on the American Dream?
A Prescription for the Soul answers that question with two parallel stories.
One is a coming-of-age tale about a group of American teenagers – Army brats – living on a small U.S. Army garrison in Verona, Italy in 1963. They spend their weekends exploring the ancient city of Venice … and themselves … as they try to understand the tumultuous events taking place back home – the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., the death of four little girls in a church bombing in Birmingham, and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. And then without warning, they are thrust into a crisis that will shape their lives and their views of the American Dream.
The other is a coming-of-wisdom tale about those same teenagers – now aging Baby Boomers – living on the Gold Coast of Connecticut in 2007. They spend their days exulting in their place among the 1-percenters – the ultra-rich elites of 21st Century America – even as they confront the desperation inflicted on others by the Great Recession, the corruption and greed of their own crony capitalism, and the seemingly bleak future facing the country. And then once again, they find themselves facing a crisis, but this one will shape the lives of their children and the legacy of their generation.