Fantasy, Steampunk, Science Fiction, Weird West, and Maybe Some Music
THE TIME: roughly 500 years from now. THE PLACE: Merka.
Desperate to stave off the effects of global warming, the government of Merka (commonly known as “Sam”) is engaged in covering the country’s nearly two billion acres of open land with a white Tarp to reflect the sunlight. It’s illegal to cut the Tarp, but all sorts of people—cutters and banditos—do anyway. That’s where the Paladinos come in. Ranging on hossback across the desert-like tarped land, and known by their green sombreros, armed Paladinos protect the Tarp, empowered to kill cutters at their own discretion. There’s no due process for cutters—the Paladinos are judge, jury, and executioner. You cut the Tarp, you die. El Paladino—he’s known by no other name—encounters a mysterious pistolero who keeps his face covered, who repeatedly warns him about the rise of a powerful gang led by a ruthless bandito who deals in forbidden technology. Facing a large, organized group of gangstas, with no other green sombreros in the area to help, El Paladino must reluctantly accept the aid of a greenie girl named Marie and throw in his lot with a pistolero he does not trust. Murder, mayhem, and profanity abound. Get it now!