In 2036 a new nation is born: Borderland. It’s a wild and dangerous new frontier where what’s mine is yours, if you can take it. These songs and stories chronicle three generations of its inhabitants struggling to love and live in a land designed to divide.
Written, performed and produced by Mark Alan Elliott
For more: mark-elliott.net/borderland
Chain of Hands
Davy tracks his father, Jax, deep into an isolated maze of canyons north of the border. Through a series of revelations, including learning the fate of Papi, Davy reflects on his family history and the degree to which he can determine his own future, independent of the past he was born into.
Without Jax, Luna raises Davy alone on the road and on the run, not realising Papi is no longer a threat. To help fill their stomachs, Luna and Davy begin busking in the towns they visit, eventually achieving some success. However, tragedy strikes and Davy is forced to confront Borderland and his life, alone.
Jax wanders the northern border before returning to Borderland to liberate Luna. After confronting the Federales and Papi, the cartel forces him out of Borderland before he is able to find Luna. After he returns to the north, war breaks out and Jax gets caught up in the conflict.
Luna, fleeing the attacking Federales disappears into the badlands of Borderland and discovers she is pregnant with Jax’s baby. A kind family gives her shelter while she gives birth to a healthy boy, but Papi soon catches up. Narrowly escaping, Luna and her child, Davy, begin a life on the road and on the run.
Night Of Skies
Jax and Luna are separated when their attempt to cross the border is thwarted by the Federales. Hiding through the night they come to terms with their predicament and prepare themselves for what lies ahead.
Across The Border
Through a chance encounter, Luna and Jax meet and begin a secret affair. They fall in love and make a plan to escape Papi and the cartel by crossing the border with the help of a coyote. But crossing proves difficult when they are attacked by the Federales.