Tucker by Rachel Fischer | Script Revolution

Tucker

A headstrong Army pilot takes on a corrupt Defense Contractor covering up their substandard parts and the murder of her friend.

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Tucker is at the top of the world, and the pilot opens at her proudest moment when she goes against orders to rescue soldiers trapped at Outpost Keating in Afghanistan. A year later, she’s safely returned home and happily engaged. She says goodbye to her fiancé, Carter (late 30s), a civilian lawyer, who is tired of her long hours and their even longer engagement.
Tucker goes to work at the army airfield and runs into Senator William Davis (60s), a corrupt politician. They argue over Tucker’s report about the Keating rescue, he wants her to drop it, worried it will cost some very powerful people their jobs, but Tucker refuses. Tucker takes off with her friend Thompson (30s), whom she’s training to be a test pilot. Davis watches from the airfield tower as their test flight crashes.
Tucker’s heart is damaged in the crash, and they barely manage to save her at the hospital. When Tucker wakes up, the Doctor tells her she’ll never fly again, as her heart is too damaged. Tucker refuses to believe him, but Carter is relieved she’ll be out of danger. Morgan (30s), the commander of an investigative unit, visits Tucker and tells her he managed to pull her into his company while she awaits the medical board that will chapter her out of the army. Tucker is defiant; she doesn’t want to get out, which angers Carter, who wants her out and safe.
Tucker accepts Morgan’s offer and goes back to work, resulting in a massive fight with Carter. Tucker gets a text from Thompson, a question about something happening at his new job at a defense contractor in New Mexico, but before she can call him back, she learns he died in a helicopter crash.
Tucker talks Morgan into letting her investigate, and when she tells Carter, their fight results in her breaking off their relationship. Tucker arrives in New Mexico, gets a video of the crash from a local rancher, and realizes something malfunctioned, but when she watches the defense contractor, Martin Harris (40s), press release, he announces it was pilot error.
Furious, Tucker breaks onto the airfield and manages to find the wreckage. She finds a sheered bolt and hides it right before Harris’ security men find her. Thrown into a cell, Tucker is surprised to see Chris Hart (30s), a fellow soldier and old rival, assigned as the military liaison to Harris. Tucker and Hart have a volatile history and immediately start arguing over the situation.
Tucker faces Harris, and he tries to buy her loyalty by offering to find a doctor who will sign her off to fly. However, Tucker has already realized that Harris is dirty and refuses. She swears to find out what happened, no matter what.
Hart escorts Tucker out, and they continue to argue until they run into John Hawke (30s), a tribal cop and Hart’s old friend, and Brad Harris (40s), a local teacher and Harris’ husband. Brad’s students found pieces of a crashed helicopter and called John, who shows them to Tucker and Hart. The only problem, they aren’t from the crash that killed Thompson.

Submitted: February 7, 2020
Last Updated: July 12, 2021

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The Writer: Rachel Fischer

Rachel spent her childhood getting into trouble on a working cattle ranch and joined the Army Reserve after high school. She has served on multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and flies Chinook helicopters. She received her Master’s in Battlefield Archaeology from the University of Glasgow after living in Scotland and was accepted into the WGA’S Veteran’s in Writing Fellowship in 2020. Rachel writes emotionally charged character-based action/adventure, sci-fi, and mystery/thriller. She is managed by Val McLeroy of Epigram. Go to bio
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