Ace Wonder: Message from a Dead Man

Synopsis: Ace Wonder is a 10-year-old detective, struggling to find a storyline for his latest novel. When his path tangles with Derek Morton, a simple family mystery becomes a very real case of corporate espionage, scientific discovery, and one coldblooded killer.
95 min


James Morton will not be

forgotten. He will forever be remembered...

as a friend, a father and a

faithful follower of his Lord.

May he rest in peace.

How are you, Jim?

Me? Fine.

And the rest of the family?

Well, they're good. Derek's

the only one taking it hard.

He spent his summer

with Dad a few years ago...

and he wanted to come back,

it just didn't work out.

It's probably for the best.

Your father

was a troubled man, Jim.

I was one of his closest

friends, and more and more he pulled away.

Just wasn't his old self.




There's a lot of rooms

in this house.

Wandered around today

looking at them.

I kind of like living

out in the country.

It's nice. Way better

than all those honking cars.


You didn't answer my calls.

Service is terrible out there.

Where were you?

The tree house.

You know, you've probably

ruined your clothes.

Why were you at the tree house?

I was looking for something.

Looking? For what?

I'm not sure.

I found this at the funeral.

In Grandpa's casket.


It's nothing. Probably a prank.


I said, it's probably a prank,

forget about it.

What if Grandpa's trying

to tell me something?

He's not.

May I be excused?


Look, I know this week's

been hard on all of us...

but in a few days, we can put

this completely behind us.

I'm gonna be meeting with Marcus

tomorrow about the house and I'd like you to come along.




Still raining, still a thousand unanswered questions...

and now a cloaked figure

haunted the night.

A perfect recipe for mystery

and danger.

But it was still missing

one key ingredient: a world class investigator.



Log... this latest format

isn't working out, either.

This makes my fourth attempt

with no satisfactory results.

Road trips are a blast,

I'll admit...

but it's not conducive

to detective work.

No gun fire, no car chases,

not even your run-of-the-mill homicide.

Dad, I need some help.

Okay, what's up?

It's my graphic novel.

Graphic novel?

A glorified comic book.

Ace Wonder isn't really

a crime fighter.

He solves mysteries,

sort of like Sherlock Holmes.

Okay, so where are you stuck?

At the beginning... I can't

seem to come up with a truly brilliant mystery.

Everything is either boring

or over-the-top.

Well, you keep on thinking,

you'll come up with something.

That's what you said

800 miles ago.

Yeah, and it's still

good advice.

Um, hey, guys, none of this

looks familiar to me.

Um, where are we?

JEFF (O.S.):

GPS says we're on course...

but we need to stop and

get some fuel soon.

Jim, are you sure you

want to sell the place?

Marcus, Denver's 1,000 miles

away from here; my business eats up every minute of my time.

I suppose.

Look, I'll have a realtor

take a look at it for you.

It's a gorgeous piece

of property. I'm sure it'll sell.

In this economy?

I don't know who'd buy it.

Bed and breakfast

in the middle of nowhere?

Jim, how about selling

the place to me?

You serious?

We'd keep the place

exactly the way it is.

You could come back whenever

you're ready and go through your father's things.

I don't know.

What do you mean,

you don't know?

You could stay there

any time you want.

It'd be ideal.

And for me,

it'd be an investment.

Oh, hey, you want us

to order something for you?

Yeah, yeah, why don't you

get me a cheeseburger.

Cheeseburger, okay.


And uh, get me an order of those

curly fries, if they have them.

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John Robert Moore

John Robert Moore (1890–1973) was an American biographer and bibliographer of Daniel Defoe. more…

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