Primož Jakopin
THE VOYAGE OF MARY ANN
Screenplay, 2006 - 2009


FADE IN:

EXT. UNPAVED FOREST ROAD   DAY

Tranquil summer forest scene, the road as seen thru the eyes
of a horse pulling a buggy, play of light thru the foliage
of trees.

A young couple, MARCO and MARY ANN, rides a light
single-horse carriage.  Their two children, EVA and LANCO,
are seated behind with two baskets of provisions for a
picnic.  The carriage is passing by, slightly uphill, Marco
and Mary Ann, with a broad hat, are not seen in the face.

EXT. FOREST TRACK   DAY

The carriage moves on, in the dense shadow of tall pine
trees, Marco walking at the horse's head, holding the bridle,
Mary Ann at the reins, looking at the kids to assure them
that all is well.

EXT. FOREST TRACK   DAY

The forest opens up into a large meadow on top of the hill.

EXT. MEADOW   DAY

The horse is tied to a birch tree, Marco and Mary Ann are
lifting the children and the provisions from the back of
the carriage.  Marco's identity is hidden from the viewer.

A large tablecloth is stretched on the grass, Marco and Mary
Ann are laying out the food from the baskets.  Eva and Lanco
hop around.

Mary Ann is holding Eva and Lanco in her lap.

                           EVA
               And how did you meet our daddy?

                           MARY ANN
               The whole story began in the summer
               some ten years ago when I returned
               home after the end of college.

EXT. COUNTRY ROAD INTERSECTION   DAY

The schoolbus arrives from a distance, on an unpaved road.
It stops, the door opens and Mary Ann descends with a
suitcase and a backpack.

The bus departs, Mary Ann moves a few steps to the side.
It is a country landscape, with just the road and forest
in sight.

EXT. COUNTRY ROAD INTERSECTION   DAY

Mary Ann is waiting at the intersection.  After a while she
puts on the backpack, takes the suitcase in her hand and
starts walking on the side road.

EXT. COUNTRY ROAD   DAY

Mary Ann stops and puts the suitcase down.  A red Ford
Mustang 1964 convertible is seen approaching, obviously to
fetch her.  It stops and the driver, her elder brother JEFF,
jumps out to help her with the luggage.

                           JEFF
               Oh, dear sis, how nice to see you
               again!

                           MARY ANN
               The pleasure is all mine.  You
               haven't changed, not a little
               bit.  Late as ever.

                           JEFF
               Mom told me in the morning to go
               and fetch you, but I was so busy
               that I simply forgot.

EXT. COUNTRY ROAD   DAY

Jeff and Mary Ann riding home in the car.  After a while
Mary Ann starts the conversation.

                           MARY ANN
               And the car!  How did you manage
               to persuade Barry to sell it?
               You couldn't do it in years.

                           JEFF
               No big deal.  You know that his
               roof was about to collapse for
               quite some time now.  I made a
               new frame and the old man gave in.

                           MARY ANN
               Can I drive for a little while?

EXT. COUNTRY ROAD   DAY

The car stops at the side.  Jeff opens the driver's door and
walks to the other side.  Mary Ann moves to the left and
adjusts the seat and the mirror.

                           JEFF
               Be careful.  It has much lower
               clearance than the pickup you
               are used to.

EXT. COUNTRY ROAD   DAY

Mary Ann and Jeff are driving home.

                           MARY ANN
               And how is everybody?  Mom, dad,
               Barbara?

                           JEFF
               Old people are fit as ever, and
               Barbara ... well, Barbara seems
               to have a boyfriend.

                           MARY ANN
               Don't say.  Anybody that I know?

                           JEFF
               Never mind, I know very little.
               You know how touchy she is.

EXT. COUNTRY FARM   DAY

Mary Ann and Jeff arrive in the yard of the house.  Mother
SALLY, about 50 and sister BARBARA, about 18, hurry out of
the house.  Barbara jumps forward to hug Mary Ann, Sally
joins them.

                           SALLY
               Now look at you.  What a woman
               has become out of my little girl.

                           JEFF
                      (laughing)
               Even knows how to drive a car.

                           MARY ANN
               Where is Father?

                           BARBARA
               Out in the field.  He will be back
               by dinner.

INT. COUNTRY HOUSE KITCHEN   NIGHT

Family gathered for dinner.  Father TOM is at the head of
the table.

                           TOM
                      (lifting the cover
                       of the pot)
               What do we have here?  Now, now,
               chicken and potatoes a la Sally.
               Just pretty.

                           SALLY
               Maybe it is not spicy enough,
               Mary Ann likes it mild.

                           JEFF
                      (adding salt
                       and pepper)
               You bet it is not.

INT. COUNTRY HOUSE KITCHEN   NIGHT

Family dinner.

                           TOM
               And what is it going to be now,
               Mary Ann?  Any position in sight?

                           SALLY
               Don't push her.  She just arrived.

                           MARY ANN
               It's OK.  I have a few job offers
               from New York, one from LA.  But
               first I will stay here a few days.

                           BARBARA
               So that I can show you around.

                           JEFF
               Not your beau I suppose.

                           BARBARA
               Better you and your waitress.

                           MARY ANN
               Look, look at all that has happened
               since my last visit home.

                           SALLY
               Cool down, you two.  And, it's
               time for dessert.

                           MARY ANN
               No apple pie like your apple pie,
               mom.

INT. COUNTRY HOUSE BEDROOM   DAY

Barbara and Mary Ann in the twin bed, upstairs in a room
with low ceiling.  Morning sun pokes thru the windows.
Barbara wakes up, sits in bed, stretches out her arms, and,
after a while, starts teasing sleeping Mary Ann with the
corner of the sheet.  When Mary Ann is about to wake up,
Barbara lies down again to hide what she has been doing.

                           BARBARA
               Did you sleep well, sis?

                           MARY ANN
               What funny dreams I had.  A cat
               was tickling my nose with her
               tail.

                           BARBARA
                      (laughing)
               Yes, yes, all those cats.  How
               was life at college?

                           MARY ANN
               Classes and exams you can imagine
               but love life is what you mean
               to ask, isn't it??

                           BARBARA
                      (clapping her
                       legs in bed)
               Yes, yes.

                           MARY ANN
               Nothing particular.  Learning and
               learning and learning, and boys
               lazy for anything but basketball.

                           BARBARA
               No romance, not a single
               candidate for Mr. Right?

                           MARY ANN
                      (hesitating)
               There was one ...

                           BARBARA
               And?

                           MARY ANN
               A poet, so handsome, and such a
               sweet and gentle soul, oh, oh...

                           BARBARA
               Don't say he was gay?

                           MARY ANN
               No, not that.

                           BARBARA
               But?

                           MARY ANN
               He could not decide between me
               and my best friend...  In the end
               he walked out on both of us.

                           BARBARA
               What a pig.  How sad that guys are
               either childish or such jerks.

                           SALLY
                      (at the door)
               Girls, it's time for breakfast.

INT. COUNTRY HOUSE BEDROOM   DAY

When mother leaves the room, Barbara and Mary Ann, in
T-shirts and underpants, look at each other, get up from the
bed and rush thru the door to the bathroom.

INT. COUNTRY HOUSE BATHROOM   DAY

Mary Ann is brushing her teeth, Barbara sits on the toilet
cover.

                           MARY ANN
               Jeff hinted that you are in some
               relationship, too.

                           BARBARA
               Well, not quite, Michael is more
               like a good friend.

                           MARY ANN
               How come?

                           BARBARA
               He likes me very much, but we are
               still, sort of, at the beginning.

                           MARY ANN
               How old is he?

                           BARBARA
               Old enough, your age, but very
               shy - you shall see for yourself.

INT. COUNTRY HOUSE KITCHEN   DAY

Sally, Barbara and Mary Ann at the table.

                           MARY ANN
               Father and Jeff are already out?

                           SALLY
               Yes, they left at seven.  Did you
               sleep well?
                           MARY ANN
               Yes, yes - I was tired, the air,
               the smell of fresh linen, it all
               helped.

                           SALLY
               And what are the plans for today?

                           BARBARA
               I will show Mary Ann around.  We
               shall all go downtown to show her
               off the day after tomorrow,
               won't we?

                           SALLY
               You mean to the Sunday mass...

                           MARY ANN
               Am I such a celebrity?

                           BARBARA
               It is a small village, not much
               happens here.  You will be just
               fine.

EXT. COUNTRY HOUSE YARD   DAY

Barbara and Mary Ann come out of the house, Sally after them.
Barbara walks to the side door of the house, enters and after
a while appears with a bicycle.  Mary Ann joins her and
brings another bicycle out.

                           SALLY
               Tom and Jeff took the tractor and
               the pickup.  How will you go?

                           MARY ANN
               Barbara will get us something.

                           BARBARA
               There is one left for you too,
               Mary Ann.

EXT. COUNTRY HOUSE YARD   DAY

Girls departing.  Barbara puts a small basket on the rear
rack of her bike.
                           SALLY
               Have a good time, and be back by
               supper!

EXT. COUNTRY ROAD TRACK   DAY

Forest landscape, trees on both sides of the road.
The girls ride side by side.

EXT. AT THE CREEK CROSSING   DAY

Barbara and Mary Ann arrive to a place, where the track
is crossed by a creek.  There is no bridge.  They stop.

                           MARY ANN
               Where are we going to, Barbara?

                           BARBARA
               Michael has some climbing
               practice at the Black Ridge wall
               and he invited me to come along.

                           MARY ANN
               And what should I do there?

                           BARBARA
               It will not take long, just that
               you see him.  But ...

                           MARY ANN
               But what?

                           BARBARA
               Don't you try anything on him.
               He is mine and I want to keep him.

                           MARY ANN
               Now I really want to see this
               treasure.  How do we get to the
               other side of the water?

                           BARBARA
               Just watch and follow me!

EXT. AT THE CREEK CROSSING   DAY

Barbara makes a few steps backward for longer run and drives
rapidly into the creek, lifts her legs on the bike to avoid
getting wet and easily gets to the other side of the slow
stream, which is half a foot deep and some ten feet long.
Mary Ann follows her, screaming, but is not fast enough and
stops just at the end of the creek.  She jumps ashore to
avoid stepping into the water.

EXT. AT THE CREEK CROSSING   DAY

Girls at the other side of the creek.  They mount the
bicycles again.

                           BARBARA
               See, no big deal.

                           MARY ANN
               No big deal, no big deal.
               I nearly landed in the water.

EXT. BELOW THE BLACK RIDGE WALL   DAY

Barbara and Mary Ann arrive at the wall and dismount.  The
wall is some 60 feet high and a rope hangs down from top.  No
Michael in sight.

                           BARBARA
                      (shouting)
               Michael!  Michael!

EXT. ABOVE THE BLACK RIDGE WALL   DAY

Michael, in climbing outfit and with a caving helmet, comes
to the edge of the wall and looks down to the girls.  He
waves at them.

                           MICHAEL
               Hello, Barbara!  Wait a little, I
               am coming down!

EXT. BELOW THE BLACK RIDGE WALL   DAY

Michael descends down the wall along the rope.  He detaches
himself and shakes hands with Mary Ann.

                           MICHAEL
               Nice to see you, Barbara.  And
               this must be your sister.

                           MARY ANN
               You came down in no time.  How
               did you do it?

                           BARBARA
               He is an instructor.  Such walls
               are a piece of cake for him.

                           MICHAEL
               Not yet.  I am only a candidate.
               The exams are in a fortnight.

                           BARBARA
               What are you practicing?

                           MICHAEL
                      (pointing at his
                       right leg)
               I am testing this new rope clamp.
               Would you like to try a descent?

                           BARBARA
               No, no.  We are not properly
               dressed and we can't stay long.

                           MARY ANN
               Why not.  I would like to.

                           MICHAEL
               OK.  You two follow the trail to
               the top and I will climb up.

EXT. THE TRAIL TO TOP OF THE WALL   DAY

Barbara and Mary Ann walking up the trail.

                           BARBARA
               I didn't know that you are such a
               climbing type.

                           MARY ANN
               I am not.  But it looks exciting and
               I never had such an opportunity.

EXT. ABOVE THE BLACK RIDGE WALL   DAY

The girls come up the wall where Michael is waiting with
one more set of climbing gear and one more helmet.  He helps
Mary Ann put it on and gives her the gloves.  Barbara is
observing the whole scene with disapproval, especially when
he helps Mary Ann fasten the front of the climbing belt.  He
attaches the rope to the stop descender.

                           BARBARA
               How shrewd you are. You have
               brought a second climbing set.

                           MICHAEL
               Always be careful to start with
               the upper side of the rope and
               follow the picture on the plate.

                           MARY ANN
               Must it all be so intertwined?

                           MICHAEL
               Even so a new or wet rope can
               pass thru quite fast, very fast.

                           BARBARA
                      (ironically)
               Be careful not to break your
               little finger, if it gets jammed.

                           MICHAEL
               Be turned to the wall and push
               yourself away with your legs.  If
               anything goes wrong, just hands
               off the descender.  It will stop.

EXT. ABOVE THE BLACK RIDGE WALL   DAY

Mary Ann, fully equipped, with the helmet, starts to rappel,
while Michael and Barbara hurry down the trail to intercept
her below the wall.

EXT. BELOW THE BLACK RIDGE WALL   DAY

Michael and Barbara at the end of the rope, Mary Ann
rappels, slowly at first, and then faster and faster.  She
pauses some 10 feet above ground after Michael's warning.
She continues, lands gently and detaches herself from the
rope.

                           MICHAEL
               Slow down now!  You may hit the
               ground too fast.

                           BARBARA
               Well done, see how talented my
               big sister is!

                           MARY ANN
               Wow!  It is really amazing!

                           MICHAEL
               Now crouch.  So you can ease the
               rope when you stand up again.

EXT. BELOW THE BLACK RIDGE WALL   DAY

Michael, Barbara and Mary Ann are sitting below the wall.
Mary Ann has the helmet at her side, she is still in the
climbing gear.

                           MARY ANN
               So you are about to become a
               climbing instructor.

                           MICHAEL
               Not actually.  A caving instructor.

                           MARY ANN
               Are you a caver then?

                           MICHAEL
               Yes, climbing skills are part of
               a caver's training.  We need them.

                           MARY ANN
               Aren't you afraid in the dark?
               You don't see where you are going.

                           BARBARA
               Yes, he does.  He has a light on
               the helmet.

                           MICHAEL
               Depth frightens you more in the
               open as you see the entire void.
               In the cave you see only what is
               close, depth doesn't seem so vast.

                           MARY ANN
               How did you climb the wall so
               quickly?  You were up before us.

                           MICHAEL
               You still have the gear on.  I
               can show you both if you like.

EXT. BLACK RIDGE WALL   DAY

A sequence of short scenes depicting Mary Ann ascending the
wall, getting out on top, discussing with Michael,
rappelling again, rebelaying.  They are followed by
Barbara climbing action, including her turning around in
the air, laughing and stretching her arms.  No sound, just
music.

EXT. BELOW THE BLACK RIDGE WALL   DAY

Barbara detaches herself from the rope, Michael and Mary Ann
at the side.

                           BARBARA
               What is enough is enough.  I am
               hungry.

                           MARY ANN
               Me too.  Let us check what
               Mother put in the basket.

EXT. BELOW THE TREE, BELOW THE WALL   DAY

Barbara, Michael and Mary Ann are having a picnic.  On the
floor a tablecloth is stretched, with food on it.  Barbara
is lying at the side supporting her head with the arm while
Michael and Mary Ann are sitting.

                           MICHAEL
               I am not hungry.

                           BARBARA
               Don't be silly.  I know that your
               sandwich is long gone, and that
               you are hungry more than we are.

                           MICHAEL
                      (looking at his
                       watch)
               My mother would ... er...

                           BARBARA
               like to see you at home already,
               wouldn't she?

                           MARY ANN
               I guess it would be okay if you
               tell her that you stayed a little
               longer with your girlfriend.

                           MICHAEL
               I haven't exactly told her yet ...

                           BARBARA
               about this girlfriend thing?

                           MICHAEL
               Well ...

                           MARY ANN
               Never mind, keep us company for a
               little while and then hurry home.

EXT. BELOW THE BLACK RIDGE WALL   DAY

The party is splitting up.  Mary Ann and Barbara take their
bikes, Michael is at the side to say goodbye.  Mary Ann
rides first, Barbara hugs Michael briefly and departs, they
wave at each other.

EXT. AT THE CREEK CROSSING   DAY

Barbara and Mary Ann appear from the distance and cross the
creek without problems.

EXT. COUNTRY HOUSE YARD   DAY

Girls arrive, it is late afternoon.  Sally is at the door.

                           SALLY
               Hi, girls, nice to have you back.

                           BARBARA
                      (dismounting the
                       bicycle)
               Hello, mom, what's up?

                           SALLY
               It must have been a rough ride.
               Look at your trousers!

                           MARY ANN
                      (beating the trousers
                       to get the clay off)
               It isn't grease, it will go away.

INT. COUNTRY HOUSE KITCHEN   DAY

Barbara, Mary Ann and Sally chat in the kitchen.  Barbara
and Mary Ann sit down.  Sally gives Mary Ann the letter,
she walks away with it, upstairs.

                           BARBARA
               Something new, where are father
               and Jeff?

                           SALLY
               They will be back by supper.  And
               there is a letter for Mary Ann.

                           BARBARA
               A letter?  From your poet?

                           SALLY
               What poet?  The letter is from
               abroad, from Slovenia.

                           BARBARA
               It will be from our tenth cousin
               then.  Tina or what is her name.

                           MARY ANN
                      (turning the letter
                       around)
               Yes, yes, from Tina it is.

                           BARBARA
               Can't you read it here?  Are
               there some secrets to hide?

                           MARY ANN
               No, no, I just want to read it in
               peace.  I will make a complete
               report later.

INT. COUNTRY HOUSE BEDROOM   DAY

Mary Ann comes into the room, sits on the bed, throws her
back to the pillow so that the legs jump into the air and
stretches her on the bed.

INT. COUNTRY HOUSE BEDROOM   DAY

Mary Ann on bed reading the letter.

INT. COUNTRY HOUSE BEDROOM   DAY

Mary Ann on bed.  She puts the letter away and looks towards
the window, deep in thoughts.  Barbara enters, comes to bed
and sits.

                           BARBARA
               Well, what's up over there, in
               Father's homeland?

                           MARY ANN
               Nothing particular.  Everybody is
               well, the weather is fine.  Only ...

                           BARBARA
               Skip the weather.  What only?

                           MARY ANN
               Tina's elder sister, Mariya,
               is getting married.

                           BARBARA
               At last.  It was about time, I
               guess.  How old is she?

                           MARY ANN
               She is not that old at all.  And
               I am invited to come.
                           BARBARA
               And I am not!  That just isn't
               fair!  She is your penfriend, no
               doubt, but I am her relative, too.

                           MARY ANN
               I promised her to come, some time
               after college, and now is
               probably a good opportunity.

                           BARBARA
               You are always better off.  I
               would also like to go.

                           MARY ANN
               There will be another chance,
               Barbara, you shall see.

INT. COUNTRY HOUSE KITCHEN   NIGHT

Family gathered for supper.  Father TOM at the head of the
table.

                           TOM
               I hear that you got an invitation.
               Will you go, Mary Ann?

                           MARY ANN
               I would like to.

                           JEFF
               Where exactly is this Slovenia of
               yours, father?

                           MARY ANN
               Shame on you, Jeff.  It is in the
               Alps, close to Slavonia, Slovakia
               and to the west of Count Dracula.

                           SALLY
               It is very far, isn't it?  And
               how much will it cost you?

                           MARY ANN
               A last-minute flight ticket from
               Chicago would be about 800 dollars.

                           SALLY
               Aunt Gretchen could fly you to
               Chicago.

                           BARBARA
               And other costs?

                           MARY ANN
               I will be staying with the family,
               I do not need much, you know me.

                           JEFF
               Not bad.  I was told American
               women are hot over there.  You
               may knock someone down.

                           BARBARA
               Oh yes, such a sugarbabe as Mary
               Ann.  Simply irresistible.

                           SALLY
               Is it safe there?  Have they
               stopped killing each other?

                           TOM
               Don't be nasty, Sally.  You know
               very well it is a lot safer there
               than Chicago or New York.

                           BARBARA
               We shall see.  Hopefully they
               don't eat her alive.

EXT. COUNTRY AIRPORT   DAY

TITLE OVER:           ONE MONTH LATER

A small airfield with grass runway, and a little plane on it.
Tom, Sally, Jeff and Barbara greet Mary Ann goodbye.  She
hugs the mother and Barbara and steps in to the back seat,
aunt Gretchen moves into the pilot seat, shuts the door and
the plane takes off.

EXT. THE SKY   DAY

The sky with large white clouds that pass to the right and
to the left, as seen from the cockpit of a plane.
EXT. SLOVENIAN AIRPORT   DAY

A small, two-seater plane lands and taxis to the vicinity of
the airport hangar.  The pilot steps out, Mary Ann gives him
the suitcase and the backpack.  He helps her to step down.

INT. SLOVENIAN AIRPORT   DAY

Mary Ann is greeted by TINA.  They hug.  Tina takes
the suitcase, Mary Ann the backpack.

                           TINA
               Nice to see you, my dear faraway
               cousin.  How was the trip?

                           MARY ANN
               The last leg of the flight was the
               best.  It was fun to fly with Janez.

                           TINA
               Let us move on.  You must be
               tired.

EXT. SLOVENIAN COUNTRY ROAD   DAY

Tina and Mary Ann are driving in a small red sunroof car on
a paved road, meadows on one side, forest on the other.

                           TINA
               I can't believe you are here,
               really.  After all these years
               and so many letters.

                           MARY ANN
               Neither do I.  But blood is not
               water, after all, and I am so
               glad to see this land of yours.

                           TINA
               It is not only mine, it is, sort
               of, yours too.  Welcome!

                           MARY ANN
               Thank you for getting me here.
               The wedding will be on Saturday?

                           TINA
               Yes, four days to go.

                           MARY ANN
               Sorry for this, Tina, but the Tuesday
               flight was the least expensive.

                           TINA
               No problem, Mary Ann.  So we
               will have more time together.

EXT. HOUSE BY THE RIVER   DAY

The sandy yard of the house where Tina's family lives.
A long, single-story house with attic windows,
stretched along the river.  Tina and Mary Ann arrive.
Tina's brother, ADRIAN, a teenage boy, who has been fixing
a bicycle, runs into the house as he sees them.  MARIYA,
Tina's sister, their mother SYLVIA and Adrian appear at the
door.  They greet Mary Ann.

                           SYLVIA
               You must be Mary Ann.  Welcome to
               our house, welcome to our family.

                           MARY ANN
               Thank you, and, Mariya, for
               inviting me to your wedding.

                           MARIYA
               Nice that you could come.  I like
               that you are not too skinny.

                           ADRIAN
                      (in Slovenian)
               What funny shoes she has.

                           SYLVIA
               Adrian, your English is probably
               better than Mary Ann's
               Slovenian.

                           MARY ANN
               It must be better.  I only know a
               few words.  What did he say?

                           TINA
               That you have interesting shoes.

                           ADRIAN
               Well, why not.

                           SYLVIA
               Mary Ann, you must be tired and
               hungry.  Now, have a shower and
               I will prepare something to eat.

INT. HOUSE BY THE RIVER, UPSTAIRS   DAY

Tina's room, she is sitting on the chair at the small desk,
Mary Ann, wrapped in a towel, her hair wrapped in another
one, comes from the bathroom across the hallway and sits on
the small bed at the side.

                           TINA
               We added this humble bed for you.
               Will it do?

                           MARY ANN
               It is all I need.  And I used to
               sleep with my sister.

                           TINA
               Do you have any particular wishes
               for this week?

                           MARY ANN
               No, I haven't.  What do you have
               in mind for us?

                           TINA
               I could show you Slovenia as I
               like it.

                           MARY ANN
               In three days?

                           TINA
               Slovenia is not big, I will show
               you just a few of the best places
               and we shall skip the cities.

                           MARY ANN
               I would love it.  How shall we go?
                           TINA
               My mother will loan us her car,
               the one we drove today.

                           MARY ANN
               It's nice, but why it is so tiny?

                           TINA
               Tiny it is but it holds everything and
               and it consumes very little gas.

EXT. HOUSE BY THE RIVER   DAY

Tina and Mary Ann put two backpacks in the trunk of the car,
a large bag and two oars on the back seat and depart.

EXT. RIVER CANYON   DAY

View of the river canyon with a castle on the elevation of
the river bend.  Mary Ann and Tina paddle on the river in a
small rubber boat.  At the river dam they step out of the
boat, move it down over the dam and paddle away downstream.

EXT. RIVER IN THE PLAIN   DAY

View of the slow flowing river in the flat landscape.  Tina
and Mary Ann are walking on the trail on the riverbank.
A floating river mill is in the background.

EXT. MOUNTAIN VALLEY   DAY

View of a mountain valley with a white track of road in
the middle.  Mary Ann and Tina on the meadow trail.

EXT. MOUNTAIN FOREST LAKES   DAY

View of small marsh lakes, surrounded by the pine forest.
Tina and Mary Ann on a trail, made of tree trunks.  Birds
over the water.

EXT. FOREST WATERFALL   DAY

View of the waterfall, falling over black stone, in the
middle of a deep forest.  Mary Ann and Tina at the pool
below the waterfall.  They wash hands in the water.

EXT. WINDY MOUNTAIN    DAY

View of the top of the mountain slope.  Tina and Mary Ann
walk on the dry grass and force their way upwards thru
the wind.  Play of wind and their hair.

EXT. SHALLOW SEA BELOW THE CLIFF   DAY

View of the cliff and the sea below it.  Mary Ann and Tina
are splashing in the crotch deep water.  Tina descends into
the water hands forward, stands on hands for a little while
in a layout position, allows the body to slip flatly into
the water.  Mary Ann and Tina, holding their hands, run in
the ankle-deep water so that the water sprinkles all around
them.  In the end they both fall into the water.

EXT. PEBBLE BEACH BELOW THE CLIFF   DAY

View of the crescent moon shaped bay with high cliff and a
pebble beach below it.  Tina and Mary Ann with backpacks on
their shoulders walk on the pebbles just above the wave
line.  At the cape they descend into the ankle-deep water to
make it around the rock.

INT. CAVE RAILROAD   NIGHT

View of electrically lit cave gallery with rails on the
floor.  A tourist train with open waggonets appears from the
corner, with Mary Ann and Tina seated in the last bench,
and disappears in a low tunnel.

EXT. ALPINE LAKE   DAY

View of the lake with an island in the background.  A large
stone staircase leads from the shore up to a church.
Tina and Mary Ann swim slowly and effortlessly towards the
island.  Mary Ann disappears below the surface briefly, as
to put her hair in order, and they resume swimming.

EXT. ALPINE WATERFALL   DAY

View of a very tall waterfall with the water falling down
from an opening in the rock.   There is a trail behind the
waterfall.  Mary Ann and Tina come, disappear behind the
water curtain and reappear on the other side.

EXT. MOUNTAIN WALL VALLEY   DAY

View of a magnificent mountain wall from the valley.  Tina
and Mary Ann sit on the grass and eat, with the wall in
front of them.

EXT. MOUNTAIN MEADOW   DAY

View of a small meadow among high mountain peaks.  There is
a little pond in front, with a dominant, nicely carved peak
in the background.  Tina and Mary Ann come by, stop to enjoy
the view and run around the bank of the pond.

INT. TINA'S ROOM   NIGHT

Tina and Mary Ann in beds.  Smalltalk before sleep.

                           TINA
               Home, sweet home.  No bed like
               mine.

                           MARY ANN
               What a strange country.  So
               little, yet so diverse and so
               lovely.  Why did my ancestors
               have to leave it?

                           TINA
               Farm living used to be very hard
               and poor not long ago.  America
               was a chance for a better life.

                           MARY ANN
               How come that we, caver as you
               are, visited only one cave?

                           TINA
               Would you like to see more?

                           MARY ANN
               You really showed me a lot.
               I should not be too greedy.

                           TINA
               No, no.  Maybe I will show you some
               day a real, non-tourist cave.

EXT. HOUSE BY THE RIVER TERRACE   DAY

Tina, Mary Ann, Sylvia and Adrian sit at the table on the
terrace above the river and eat.

                           SYLVIA
               How was the trip, Mary Ann?

                           MARY ANN
               We managed to see a lot.  And it
               was fun.

                           ADRIAN
               I guess it was just caves.  Tina
               is so pathetic about them.

                           TINA
               No, I am not.  I am a caver and
               there's nothing wrong if I like it.

                           MARY ANN
               We have been to just one cave.
               The one with the train.

                           SYLVIA
               And which place did you like most
               of what you saw, Mary Ann?

                           MARY ANN
               To be honest, the sea with the
               sand below the cliff was the best.

                           ADRIAN
               Mary Ann is a bit complicated.
               Why not make the name smoother.

                           TINA
               Adrian, again one of your crazy
               ideas.  What's wrong with Mary Ann?

                           MARY ANN
               No, no, it's OK, Tina.  What
               do you suggest, Adrian?

                           ADRIAN
               I meant nothing bad.  Just to
               make her more one of us.

                           SYLVIA
               You mean the Slovenian version of
               Mary Ann, that is Maryanna.

                           ADRIAN
               Yes, Maryanna.  It has a lighter
               melody, without a breakup.

                           MARY ANN
               Maryanna, Maryanna.  I wonder
               what my folks would say.  But
               I will not mind if you use it.

EXT. HOUSE BY THE RIVER YARD   DAY

The wedding party is getting ready to depart.  The yard is
full of cars and people going into the house and out.
Mariya presents her groom ANDREY to Mary Ann.

                           MARIYA
               Honey, this is our distant cousin
               from America, Mary Ann.

                           MARY ANN
               Nice to meet you.

                           ANDREY
               The pleasure is all mine.  And
               my aunt is Maryanna, too.

                           MARY ANN
               Good looking groom you have,
               Mariya.

                           TINA
               Isn't he cute?

                           MARIYA
               Enough, girls.  He is mine and
               we are late.  Let us move on!

EXT. HOUSE BY THE RIVER YARD   DAY

The wedding party is departing.  The family packs in a large
Minivan.  After a short discussion with bride's father,
Andrey sits behind the wheel and Mariya next to him.  The
parents go to the middle row, Adrian, Tina and Mary Ann in
the back seat.  They drive out of the yard, others follow.

EXT. CITY HALL DRIVEWAY   DAY

The minivan stops at the staircase before the city hall,
a fountain and a two towers church are in the background.
The party greets the wedding guests that have been waiting
and they rush up into the city hall.

INT. WEDDING HALL   DAY

The ceremony in the wedding hall.  Wedding couple with the
best man and maid of honor sit in the first row, the family
and the wedding guests are seated behind them.  The
officiant and his assistant speak to the couple.  The party
stands up, after the vows the couple exchanges the wedding
rings, kisses, congratulations of the family and guests
follow.

INT. CITY HALL STAIRCASE   DAY

The couple comes down the stairs, awaited by the family and
the photographers.  Two elder relatives, probably aunts of
the bride or the groom, exchange some words before the
couple comes down and after the exciting moments of the
passing by in the midst of flashlights and in a cascade of
rice.  The bride walks down vigorously, swinging the
bouquet.

                           AUNT BETTY
               Are they expecting a baby?

                           AUNT MARYANNA
               I don't know.  But we will find
               out very soon.

                           AUNT BETTY
               How do we know?

                           AUNT MARYANNA
               Look at how she is holding the
               wedding bouquet and how she walks.
               The steps tell all.

                           AUNT BETTY
               Well, what do you say?

                           AUNT MARYANNA
               She is definitely not pregnant.

                           AUNT BETTY
               Poor girl!  Maybe she will have
               more luck next time.

EXT. CITY HALL STAIRCASE   DAY

The bride and bridegroom on top of the staircase at the
city hall entrance.  Unmarried girls from the wedding
party gather below the stairs waiting for the bride to throw
her bouquet.  Mary Ann is hesitating to join.

                           SYLVIA
                      (in Slovenian)
               Mary Ann, come along!

                           MARY ANN
               This is not for me, I do not
               have a boyfriend.

                           TINA
               Do it just for fun, you do not
               have to catch it.

EXT. CITY HALL STAIRCASE   DAY

There is a lot of jostling below the staircase.  Mary Ann is
standing modestly in the back, to stay out of the main
action.  The bride throws the bouquet, which flies in a long
arc over the front line of girls.  It would fall to the
ground if Mary Ann would not catch it in the last moment.

                           MARY ANN
               How come?  Why me?

                           TINA
                      (looking around)
               You never know when happiness will
               strike.  And where is the prince
               charming?

Her eye stops at the side where five boys are chatting,
Among them Marco, EVAN and ROCK.  Evan waves at Tina.  She
waves him back.

                           TINA
                      (in Slovenian)
               She will get one alright.

INT. TINA'S ROOM   NIGHT

Tina and Mary Ann in beds.  The wedding bouquet is in a vase
close to Mary Ann's head.

                           TINA
               What will you do next?

                           MARY ANN
               Well, I have a few days left.

                           TINA
               When exactly is your flight home?

                           MARY ANN
               In a week, next Monday.

                           TINA
               Evan, a fellow caver, called today
               for the mountain cave crossover.

                           MARY ANN
               And?

                           TINA
               We shall start tomorrow and you
               can accompany us to the mountain
               top.  It would be a nice trip.

                           MARY ANN
               Is it difficult to find the way
               back?

                           TINA
               No, there is a good trail from top
               to the other foot of the mountain,
               not far from the railway.

                           MARY ANN
               How long will it take?

                           TINA
               One day to get to the top, and
               less to return.

                           MARY ANN
               So I would be back on Monday with
               6 days left on my own.  Not bad.

EXT. RAILWAY STATION   DAY

A small train station.  Tina and Mary Ann with bacpacks
await the train which arrives from the distance.  They enter
and the train departs.

INT. TRAIN   DAY

Mary Ann and Tina come to an empty compartment, take off the
backpacks and sit down.

                           MARY ANN
               Why didn't we go by car?

                           TINA
               It could be a crossover - we enter
               the abyss on the mountain and get
               out in another, lower cave.

                           MARY ANN
               So what?

                           TINA
               It is more pleasant by train, it's
               nice to travel together and it's
               not expensive.

INT. TRAIN   DAY

The train stops at another small train station.  Tina waves
at Evan, Marco and NINA.

INT. TRAIN   DAY

The compartment of Tina and Mary Ann.  Evan, Nina and Marco
enter and are introduced to Mary Ann by Tina.

                           TINA
               This is Mary Ann, my distant
               cousin from America.  You saw her
               at the city hall, at the wedding.

                           EVAN
                      (in Slovenian)
               Yes, I remember how you caught the
               bouquet.  Do you know any Slovenian?

                           MARY ANN
                      (in Slovenian)
               Good day, thank you, so long ...

                           TINA
               OK, be kind to her and try to
               speak English.

Marco and Mary Ann exchange a long look.

                           MARCO
               No problem.  It's a language I
               know well and feel comfortable
               with.

                           EVAN
               Don't be kidding.  Where did you
               catch that phrase?

                           MARCO
               An old professor at Stanford used
               it when asked why he still does
               all his programming in FORTRAN.

                           TINA
               Are we all here?

                           EVAN
               No.  One seat is still empty,
               for Rock.

EXT. RAILWAY   DAY

Train rails in the middle of a large forest.  The train
comes from the distance, drives over the camera and the
landscape is again only the rails and the forest.

EXT. RAILWAY STATION   DAY

Another small train station.  The train comes to a stop and
Rock, with a large backpack, pops in.

INT. TRAIN   DAY

Rock enters the compartment, gets rid of the backpack and
greets the party.

                           NINA
               Hello Rock, this is Mary Ann,
               Tina's cousin from America.

                           ROCK
               Nice to meet you.  Are you going
               with us into the cave?

                           MARY ANN
               No, no.  I will just keep you
               company till the entrance.

                           ROCK
               So much the better.  We have a
               lot to carry.

                           MARCO
               And girls are always welcome.

                           TINA
               An extra boy also comes in handy,
               doesn't he, Nina?

                           NINA
               Oh yes, especially if it is Rock.

EXT. TRAIN STATION   DAY

Station platform in front of the exit door of the wagon.
The train stops, the door opens and they all get off.  The
door closes and the train departs.

EXT. FOREST TRACK   DAY

The party, with large backpacks, oar canes are lurking from
one of them, walks down the track, green canopy and the sun
are in the background.

EXT. FOREST TRACK JUNCTION   DAY

The group with Evan in front comes from the right and turns
left at the junction.

EXT. TOP OF THE COLLAPSED VALLEY   DAY

Evan comes to the start of descent into the valley and stops.
Tina, Mary Ann, Marco, Nina and Rock come from behind.

                           MARCO
               A little break?

                           EVAN
               No, we made a small detour to see
               the blowhole of Ben and Peter.

                           TINA
               Where does it lead?

                           EVAN
               To the unknown underground river,
               hopefully.

                           MARY ANN
               Is it far from here?

                           EVAN
               No, but we shall leave the
               backpacks here.

EXT. TOP OF THE COLLAPSED VALLEY   DAY

The party unloads the backpacks and starts to descend.

EXT. AT THE MINE   DAY

At the bottom of the valley there is a three-pole wooden
frame above the pit with a rope and a pulley. JEAN, an elder
man, is just pulling a bucket of gravel and earth from the
pit.  Marco comes down the slope, followed by the others.

                           MARCO
               Hi Jean.  You have made a real mine
               here?  How is it going?

                           JEAN
               Some English guests?

                           TINA
               Just Mary Ann, my American cousin.

                           EVAN
               Ben and Peter are down?

                           JEAN
               Yes, it opened up a bit again.  We
               are 50 feet deep already.
                           MARCO
               The pile behind you is quite
               impressive.

                           JEAN
               Oh, yes.  It will be twelve hundred
               buckets soon.

INT. AT THE TOP OF THE PIT   DAY

A view from inside the pit out, as seen by Ben who is coming
up.  All seven are looking down.

                           EVAN
               Hi Ben.  How does it look?

                           BEN
               We are advancing down the wall with
               unstable rocks at the side.

                           MARCO
               A nasty business.

                           JEAN
               There are supporting iron rods but
               it is still not safe to go down.

                           MARY ANN
               How much more to dig to the river?

                           BEN
               The squeeze is widening slowly.
               A week maybe.  Or a month.

                           TINA
               Good luck to you all.  See you.

                           BEN
               Bye, have a nice trip. That you
               would also find something new.

                           OTHERS
               Bye.

EXT. THE SLOPE ABOVE THE NATURAL BRIDGE   DAY

Evan and the others are descending along the steep narrow
trail.

EXT. NATURAL BRIDGE   DAY

An empty riverbed is passing thru a short natural tunnel in
the stone wall, open forest on one side, the gorge with
trees on the other.  Evan, Tina, Mary Ann, Marco, Nina and
Rock come thru the tunnel.

EXT. RIVERSIDE   DAY

The group on the trail by a small river, a meadow on one
side and a forest on the other.

                           NINA
               A nice place for a picnic.

                           ROCK
               Indeed.

                           MARY ANN
               Look!

EXT. RIVERSIDE   DAY

Evan throws a small flat stone low over the water so that it
skips several times in and out of the water.  Marco competes
with him while Rock takes a rope from the backpack, attaches
a stone to its end and throws it over the branch of an oak
tree.

                           ROCK
               Take care!  I will throw a rock.

                           TINA
               It looks like somebody is gonna be
               hanged tonight.

                           MARCO
               Not me, not me ...

                           ROCK
               Just wait and see.

EXT. RIVERSIDE   DAY

Rock swings himself over the water on a double rope to make
sure the branch will hold.  He picks a small wooden plank
from below the roots of the oak tree.
He cuts a hole in the middle of it with his knife and puts
the double rope thru it.  A knot on the other side and a
swing is ready.  He helps Nina to sit and swings her far
above the water.

                           ROCK
               Nina, let's see if it works.

                           NINA
               You made it just for me?

                           MARCO
               And for other children.  But some
               intruder won't hurt either.

EXT. TRAIL BY THE RIVER   DAY

The group on the trail by the river, forest on both sides.

EXT. CAVE ENTRANCE   DAY

A narrow stream of a creek is flowing out of the cave and is
falling into a pool.  At the side there is a traverse with
an old, rusty rigging and metal footholds.  The group passes
over it, Evan helping Mary Ann, Rock to Nina and Marco giving
a hand to Tina.

                           NINA
               Do we proceed here?

                           ROCK
               Yes, there is a traverse at the
               right side.

                           TINA
               This rigging looks rather rusty.

                           EVAN
               Rock's uncle had made it and we
               passed here only last month.

                           MARCO
               It will hold, but we better put
               gloves on.

EXT. UNDERGROUND CREEK TRAIL   DAY

The trail, a foot above the water, is passing along the wall
in a cave.  The light is falling thru the side ceiling
openings.  The group is standing on a small, single-arc
stone bridge.  They look up, to a window-like opening.

                           MARY ANN
               How high it is.  Does it have a
               name?

                           TINA
               It is called the Little Natural
               Bridge.

EXT. CAVE ENTRANCE   DAY

The water stream comes out of a cave, from around the corner.
Another two caves are seen in the background.  The group is
sitting at the end of the trail.  Evan takes a cave map out
of his backpack.  They all look at it.

                           EVAN
               The trail ends here.  On return we
               could come out of this very cave.

                           NINA
               How can you be sure that we shall
               get thru?

                           EVAN
               At the moment it is only wishful
               thinking.  But look at the map.
               Here is the mountain with the
               abyss shown in black.

                           TINA
               And here is this cave at the foot.

                           ROCK
               It's a darn long way up there.
               And no established connection.

                           MARY ANN
               Is this the lake at the bottom of
               the pits?

                           EVAN
               Yes, only it ends with a very long
               sump.  Hopefully it is the same
               water that ends this cave here.

                           MARCO
               I don't like to swim in cold
               water.

                           EVAN
               Neither do I.  There are narrows
               in the abyss and so the divers
               couldn't get to the lake yet.

                           MARCO
               So let us pray the global warming
               lowered the water level enough.

                           TINA
               This was the driest winter on
               record, followed by a dry summer.

                           NINA
               So it's a good chance for the
               navy to push thru.

                           EVAN
               We have two rubber boats, why not.

                           NINA
               How come that nobody made the
               crossover yet?

                           TINA
               There was a big expedition in the
               winter, to widen the narrows.

                           MARY ANN
               You were there?

                           TINA
               No, I was not.  Evan was.

                           EVAN
               In 6 weeks the Russian scuba team
               is coming to help.  If they don't
               make it thru nobody will.
                           MARCO
               So we are a last-ditch effort to
               save face.

                           ROCK
               I was told we should only check
               that the ropes in the pits are
               OK after the spring rains.

                           EVAN
               That is our task.  The boats we
               have are only for pleasure.

                           ROCK
               What a delightful excercise to
               carry them to the mountain top.

                           MARCO
               Luckily we have the girls to help.

                           TINA
               The mermaids that will lure the
               brave over the lake of eternal
               darkness ...

                           MARY ANN
               At least the trip will not be
               boring and uneventful.

                           NINA
               You bet.  Shall we move on or do
               we have to go back now?

                           EVAN
               No.  There is a path up behind us.

EXT. ELEVATION ABOVE THE GORGE   DAY

The group in the middle of the ascent.  The riverbed with
the small stream and cave entrance in the background.

EXT. FOREST TRACK   DAY

Evan, Tina, Mary Ann, Marco, Nina and Rock walking on the
forest track.

EXT. MEADOW   DAY

The group is sitting on a trackside.  They are eating apples
and sandwiches.  A lone mountain peak is on the horizon,
with patches of snow.  Marco lies down on the grass.

                           EVAN
               What do you say?  A mighty
               mountain.

                           MARCO
               I would rather say it is very far.

                           TINA
               No wonder it was a sacred place.

                           MARCO
                      (yawning)
               And this grass is a real blessing.

EXT. MOUNTAIN TRAIL   DAY

TITLE OVER:         THREE HOURS LATER

The party is on the timberline.  A few small deciduous
trees in the foreground, meadows with serpent trail and
the mountain peak on the horizon.

EXT. MOUNTAIN TRAIL   DAY

The group, in the middle of a blooming meadow, meets an
elder man, the PAINTER.  He is just packing away his easel,
covering the canvas before they could see it.

                           PAINTER
                      (in Slovenian)
               Hello, boys and girls.

                           EVAN
               Hello.  Packing?

                           PAINTER
               An English speaking party?

                           EVAN
                      (in Slovenian)
               One guest only.  We speak English
               so that she does not feel lost.
                           PAINTER
               I see.  About packing: yes, shade
               calls, it is too hot for painting.

                           MARY ANN
               Some nice landscape?

                           PAINTER
               Actually not.

                           TINA
               Maybe flowers?

                           PAINTER
               Nay, no flowers either.

                           MARCO
               Maybe something from the air?

                           PAINTER
               You've got it right, young man.
               It is clouds that I paint.

                           NINA
               Could we see the picture?

                           PAINTER
               How could I deny a wish to such a
               lovely girl as you.

                           MARCO
               What a nice cloud.  Such generous
               figure.  Just like Tina.

                           TINA
               How can you be so sure?  Have you
               ever seen me in the nude?

                           MARCO
               How could I?  We are always so
               buttened up.  Just imagination ...

                           EVAN
               Thank you for the mini exhibition.

                           PAINTER
               Have a good time, you all.  Why
               such a load?  Some across the
               border smuggling?

                           ROCK
               No, no.  It's caving gear.

                           PAINTER
               So good luck.  Underground and
               hell are close neighbors.

EXT. BELOW THE PEAK   DAY

The party just below the peak, advancing on a steep stone
path.  A rock below the Nina's foot flips and she falls down
on her backpack.  Rock helps her to stand up.

                           TINA
               Does it hurt?  Show me.

                           NINA
               It's nothing.  I just made a
               wrong step.

                           ROCK
               Can you walk?

                           NINA
               Sure I can.

EXT. THE PEAK   DAY

On the peak.  A view to the south with the sea, large bay
and two islands on the horizon.

                           MARY ANN
               What a view.  Is it Croatia?

                           EVAN
               Yes, the border is on the
               southeast, one hour walk from here.

                           TINA
               And where does the rainfall from
               the mountain go?

                           ROCK
               Part to the northwest, also to
               the cave on the map.

                           MARY ANN
               And the rest?
                           ROCK
               To the south, to the sea.

                           TINA
               Are there any caves on the coast
               where this water would come out?

                           EVAN
               The coast is submerged by 150 feet
               and most springs are underwater.

                           MARCO
               So are possible caves.  It would be
               not only swimming but deep diving.

                           TINA
               And where is the abyss?

                           EVAN
               Just behind you.  Take care not to
               fall in.

EXT. AT THE ABYSS   DAY

The group is gathered at the lower side of the abyss
entrance, partly covered with snow.  They are peeking in.

                           ROCK
               Nice pit, not very deep.

                           EVAN
               The first rope is missing, to
               avoid some tourist mishap.

                           TINA
               Nina, how is your ankle?  Can I
               see it?

                           NINA
                      (taking off
                       the shoe)
               Well, it is as it is.

                           ROCK
                      (holding the ankle)
               It is swollen.  Does it hurt?

                           NINA
               It only hurts if I step on my
               leg the wrong way.

                           ROCK
               It looks as if it is not broken,
               but twisted.

                           EVAN
               Your mission ends here, Nina.

                           NINA
               I would like to stay.  It was
               such a wonderful opportunity.

                           EVAN
               Sorry, Nina, you see how it is.
               How shall we get you down?

                           MARY ANN
               I am going back anyhow.  I can
               accompany her.

                           EVAN
               It is a good hour walk to the
               nearest road on the south slope.

                           ROCK
               I shall go with them, too.  I can
               carry her in places if necessary.

                           NINA
               Thank you, Rock.

                           EVAN
               So be it.  It leaves us three to go.
               We shall leave the civilian gear
               at the bottom of the first pit.

EXT. AT THE ABYSS   DAY

They unpack the backpacks to rearrange the equipment and
prepare for the cave.  Tina pulls Mary Ann to the side.
They leave the group and disappear round the corner.

EXT. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PEAK   DAY

Tina and Mary Ann discussing.
                           MARY ANN
               What's wrong, Tina?

                           TINA
               Mary Ann, please have mercy on me.
               I can't go with Evan and Marco.

                           MARY ANN
               Why not? Are they womanizers?

                           TINA
               No, of course not. None has a
               girlfriend, as far as I know, they
               are too much involved in caving.

                           MARY ANN
               What do they do for a living?

                           TINA
               Ivan has a big greenhouse and Marco
               is an excellent computer programmer.
               He was offered a job at Google.

                           MARY ANN
               So what is the problem? Are you
               afraid that they would fight for
               you?

                           TINA
               No, probably not.  But it would
               be so much easier for me if you
               would go, too.

                           MARY ANN
               I would certainly like to help,
               but I have no proper experience,
               and no equipment.

                           TINA
               It is not so difficult, you shall
               see.  As for the gear - Nina and
               you are about the same size.

                           MARY ANN
               My dear cousin.  I have a plane
               to catch.

                           TINA
               In a week.  We shall be out again
               in three days at the latest.

                           MARY ANN
               Well, well ...

                           TINA
               Please, please!

                           MARY ANN
               OK.  Let us see what Evan says.

                           TINA
                      (hugging Mary
                       Ann)
               You are my sunshine ...

EXT. AT THE ABYSS   DAY

Tina and Mary Ann return to the group.

                           TINA
               Mary Ann decided to go with us.

                           EVAN
               How is that?  Who will be
               responsible for her?

                           TINA
               Her sister's boyfriend is a caver,
               he taught her the rope technique.

                           EVAN
               If something happens I shall have
               to take the blame.

                           MARCO
               Better four than three.  And it
               will be more fun.

                           TINA
               Evan, please ...

                           EVAN
               Mary Ann, do you feel you can
               make it?
                           MARY ANN
               I feel fine and I love my cousin.

                           MARCO
               You see how brave American women
               are.  Would you dare to go, Tina?

                           TINA
               We shall see very soon how brave
               you are.

                           EVAN
               OK.  Rock and Nina, you better go.
               We shall spend the night here for
               a fresh start tomorrow.

INT. IN THE TENT   DAY

Marco, Evan, Mary Ann and Tina in the sleeping bags in a
small tent, closely packed one by one.  It is early morning.
Tina is stretching her arms, Mary Ann is also awake.

                           TINA
               How did you sleep?

                           MARY ANN
               I couldn't fall asleep but when I
               did I slept till now.

                           EVAN
               Good morning.  What's the time?

                           TINA
               It is half past six.

                           MARY ANN
               Don't talk so loud, Marco is
               still asleep.

                           EVAN
               It's time to wake him up.

                           TINA
               Marco, Marco, breakfast is ready!

                           MARCO
               Leave me alone.  Breakfast would
               be ready if I made it.

EXT. IN FRONT OF THE TENT   DAY

The party is having a breakfast.  It is just after sunrise,
forested hills and the sea on the horizon.

EXT. AT THE ABYSS   DAY

The group is changing to caving suits, desert-storm colored,
and taking on the climbing gear.  Evan and Marco have
carbide headlights while Tina and Mary Ann only have
electric lights on their helmets.  Marco attaches the rope
to the piton and throws it into the abyss.  Evan lights up
his carbide lamp, checks if it is on and attaches a heavy
bag to his waist.

                           MARY ANN
               What funny suits we have.  Are we
               going to fight in some desert war?

                           EVAN
               Not exactly.  The cloth was not
               expensive, and it is very tough.

                           TINA
               It is also for Klok.  He loves
               to take pictures where it is
               difficult to spot the figure.

                           EVAN
               This camouflage blends in very
               well with the flowstone.

                           MARCO
               All in the service of beauty.
               Girls must be pretty.

                           TINA
               As long as you are not, all is
               well.

                           EVAN
               I shall go first.  Take care at
               the rebelay.

EXT. AT THE ABYSS   DAY

Evan descends down the shaft.
INT. MIDDLE OF THE FIRST SHAFT   DAY

Evan rappels down.

EXT. AT THE ABYSS   DAY

Tina is ready.  She follows Evan.

                           EVAN
                      (from the depth)
               The rope is clear.  You may go.

INT. BOTTOM OF THE FIRST SHAFT   DAY

Evan is already attached to the second rope.  When Tina
reaches the anchor point he starts to move down.

EXT. AT THE ABYSS   DAY

Marco checks Mary Ann's descender and she starts rappelling.

                           MARCO
               OK.  Good luck.

INT. BOTTOM OF THE FIRST SHAFT   DAY

Tina, attached to the second rope, is waiting for Mary Ann.
When she arrives, Tina is watching as Mary Ann attaches her
to the carabiner of the next piton, releases the descender
and lets herself loose from the first rope.

A view from below to the small shaft opening with daylight.

                           TINA
               Marco!  Clear!

                           TINA
               Wait for Marco.  He will help you
               to rebellay.

INT. BOTTOM OF THE FIRST SHAFT   DAY

Tina disappears in the void below.  The rope trembles as she
advances.

INT. MIDDLE OF THE SECOND SHAFT   DAY

Tina rappels down with great speed.
INT. BOTTOM OF THE FIRST SHAFT   DAY

Marco rappels down to Mary Ann and stops.  When Tina signals
that the rope is free, Mary Ann rebelays to the next rope
with some trouble releasing the short prussik cord from the
carabiner because of the heavy bag attached to her waist.
Marco helps her by lifting the rope with the bag.

                           TINA
                      (from below)
               Clear! Off rope!

                           MARCO
               It is really clumsy with that pig.

                           MARY ANN
               Thank you.

                           MARCO
               Good luck.  Take care.

INT. MIDDLE OF THE SECOND SHAFT   DAY

Mary Ann rappels down, stops, swings on the rope for a
while and moves on.

INT. BOTTOM OF THE SECOND SHAFT   DAY

Tina is waiting for Mary Ann, attached to a third,
horizontal rope.  The last rays of daylight illuminate the
scene from above.  Mary Ann appears, rapelling.

                           TINA
               Here is a short traverse.  Take
               care not to slip down.

INT. TOP OF THE THIRD SHAFT   NIGHT

Tina rebelays to the rope leading into the third shaft and
disappears into darkness.  Mary Ann waits at the end of the
traverse.

INT. MIDDLE OF THE THIRD SHAFT   NIGHT

A series of short scenes with Evan, Tina, Mary Ann and Marco
rapelling in the third shaft.

INT. BOTTOM OF THE THIRD SHAFT   NIGHT

Eva, Tina and Mary Ann rest at the botton of the third shaft
while Marco appears sliding down the rope.  He brakes above
the bottom, swings a bit and lands.

                           TINA
               So far, so good.

                           EVAN
               First 2,000 feet are behind us.
               What do you say about the ropes?

                           MARCO
               No noticeable damage.  Water
               obviously flows somewhere else.

                           TINA
               Mary Ann, you did it nicely.

                           MARY ANN
               With a little help.  Rebelaying
               and the bag really wear you out.

                           MARCO
               The bag, yes.  But it helps you
               to race down like a rock.

                           TINA
               What follows?

                           EVAN
               A short walk, a squeeze and
               another set of pits.

INT. BOTTOM OF THE THIRD SHAFT   NIGHT

The group departs.  They put on the bags and move on further
into the cave.

INT. IN FRONT OF THE SQUEEZE   NIGHT

Evan, Tina, Mary Ann and Marco arrive to the squeeze.  Evan
moves in first, Tina passes him the bag.

                           MARCO
               Nice hole.
                           TINA
               How do we get thru?

                           EVAN
               It is rigged as it ends on a
               ledge above the pit.

                           MARY ANN
               Will it be head first, and what
               do we do with the bags?

                           EVAN
               No, it will be legs first, without
               bags.  Marco will pass it to you.

INT. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SQUEEZE   NIGHT

Evan's legs appear from the hole, followed by the rest of
his body, he is pulling the bag behind him.  He attaches the
descender to the rope below the anchor point, detaches
himself from the traverse rope and rappels down.

                           EVAN
               Free!  Attach yourself close to
               the piton and swing into the void.

INT. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SQUEEZE   NIGHT

Tina is attached to the next rope.  She pulls the bag from
the hole and attaches it to the waist.  Mary Ann follows.

                           MARY ANN
               Tina, I am a little scared.

                           TINA
               Me too.  But you needn't be.
               Marco will help you out.

INT. BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH PIT   NIGHT

Evan is holding the rope while Tina rappels down, brakes
above the rocks on the floor and lands.

INT. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SQUEEZE   NIGHT

Marco helps Mary Ann attach the bag to her waist.  He is
holding it so that she can descend softly to the point
where the descender is engaged.

                           MARCO
               Don't be worried, Mary Ann.  You
               are doing just fine.

INT. THE PITS   NIGHT

A sequence of short scenes with members of the party
rappelling, clearing the rope, rebelaying.

INT. THE BOTTOM OF THE LAST PIT   NIGHT

Evan, Mary Ann and Marco are waiting for Tina at the bottom
of the pit. She is descending down the rope when her bag
gets loose and falls down.

                           TINA
                      (from above)
               Attention! The bag!

INT. THE BOTTOM OF THE LAST PIT   NIGHT

Marco pulls Mary Ann to the side, and jumps to prevent the
bag falling deeper down when it lands. He passes the bag to
Evan. Tina arrives down the rope, brakes and clears the rope.
Evan is examining the cord on the bag.

                           TINA
               Sorry. I don't know how the bag
               escaped me.
                           EVAN
               The cord was worn out. I have a
               spare one.

                           MARY ANN
                      (to Tina)
               It only matters that you are safe.

                           MARCO
               What about the content of the bag?

                           EVAN
               The bigger boat is inside. We shall
               check it on the lake.

INT. FLAT GROUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LAST PIT   NIGHT

They have mounted the bags and are about to depart.
                           TINA
               This is it?

                           EVAN
               Yes, the pits end here.  We are
               3500 feet deep now.

                           MARY ANN
               And the lake with the sump?

                           EVAN
               It is not far from here.  You
               shall see.

INT. THE BANK OF THE LAKE   NIGHT

The party comes to the bank of the underground lake.

                           TINA
                      (checking the
                       water)
               It is darn cold.

                           EVAN
                      (measuring the
                       temperature)
               Forty-one degrees Fahrenheit.

                           MARY ANN
               So no swimming today.

                           MARCO
                      (approaching
                       Tina)
               Who knows, if someone would give
               her a little push ...

                           TINA
               Don't you dare!

                           EVAN
               A long way is behind us, we
               better prepare the tent.

                           MARCO
               What if we check the sump first?

                           TINA
               So that we shall know what it
               will be like tomorrow.

                           MARY ANN
               How is the water level?

                           EVAN
               It is lower than it was in the
               winter, by about two feet.

                           MARCO
               A dinner would not be a bad idea
               either.

                           EVAN
               OK.  Let us make it, the sump
               can wait for later.

INT. THE BANK OF THE LAKE   NIGHT

Marco is cooking the soup in a large pot on the gas cooker
while Evan, Tina and Mary Ann are fixing the tent.

INT. AT THE BANK OF THE LAKE   NIGHT

The party is eating soup with pasta.

                           MARY ANN
               How delicious it is if you are
               hungry.

                           TINA
               Not bad considering Marco's poor
               taste and experience.

                           MARCO
               OK, next time the pleasure of
               complaining will be all mine.

                           EVAN
               All is well as long as I don't
               have to cook.

INT. AT THE BANK OF THE LAKE   NIGHT

Marco is inflating the rubber boat with a pump, Evan is
checking if its surface is hard enough, while Tina and Mary
Ann are assembling the oars.
                           TINA
               What a tiny boat!  Will it hold?

                           EVAN
               It holds 400 pounds if you take
               care and divide the weight well.
               If it sustained the fall we shall
               see soon enough.

                           MARY ANN
               Who will check the sump?

                           TINA
               At best they both will.  For peace
               of mind and to avoid sour faces.

                           MARCO
               Thank you, Tina.  What a clever
               girl you are.

INT. AT THE BANK OF THE LAKE   NIGHT

Evan and Marco embark on the boat and depart towards the
other side of the lake.

                           MARY ANN
               The boys are gone.  Do you think
               they will find something?

                           TINA
               They could.  Hopefully we will
               not have to fish them out.

INT. AT THE LAKE   NIGHT

Evan and Marco paddle slowly along the border of the ceiling
which sinks into the water.

INT. OTHER SIDE OF THE LAKE   NIGHT

Marco, with an electric diving torch in hand, scans the
depth of the water at its contact with the ceiling.

Marco folds the sleeve on right hand and sinks the torch
in the water.  Evan keeps the boat still by holding with
one hand onto a grip in the wall.

                           MARCO
               Here it looks like something.
               Hold the boat still if you can.

                           EVAN
               Do not lean out too much, the
               boat will capsize easily.

                           MARCO
               Do you see what I see?

                           EVAN
               It really looks like a passage.

                           MARCO
               It's clear and it goes down slowly.

                           EVAN
               OK.  We can't make it thru but at
               least we have found the way.

INT. AT THE BANK OF THE LAKE   NIGHT

Evan and Marco paddle back to shore, land and disembark.
The shore is empty.  Marco disembarks first.

                           EVAN
               Careful!  Hold the boat down
               until I step out.

                           MARCO
               The girls are gone.  Hopefully the
               cave ghost did not take them away.

                           EVAN
               Tinaaa!  Mary Ann!

                           MARCO
                      (after a while)
               No reply.  Just the echo.

                           EVAN
               We better find them.

INT. HALL OF THE VELVET PILLAR   NIGHT

Tina and Mary Ann appear from around the corner and admire
the tall column.

                           TINA
               It can't hurt if we look around.

                           MARY ANN
               Certainly not.  What a pillar!

                           TINA
               Nice indeed.  But the hall looks
               blind.

                           MARY ANN
               Let us take a close look, maybe
               some passage pops up.

INT. CORNER OF THE HALL   NIGHT

Mary Ann and Tina come to a low passage, peek into it a bit
and crawl into it one after the other.

INT. SMALL CHAMBER   NIGHT

Tina and Mary Ann in front of a squeeze.  Mary Ann tries to
move on but to no avail.

                           TINA
               It looks like a dead end.

                           MARY ANN
               It really does.  I will try to
               push a little bit further.

                           TINA
               If you are willing to ...

                           MARY ANN
               It is hopeless.  The flowstone
               sealed the passage completely.

INT. HALL OF THE VELVET PILLAR   NIGHT

Tina and Mary Ann returned to the hall.

                           TINA
               Nice hall, but no continuation.

                           MARY ANN
               What if we give it one more try?
                           TINA
               Why is that?  We checked it all.

                           MARY ANN
               All these side passages are very
               lookalike.  Let us do it anew.

                           TINA
               OK, but let us split up this time.

INT. SIDE CHAMBER   NIGHT

Tina is peeking into a tight spot.

INT. ANOTHER CHAMBER   NIGHT

Mary Ann crawls back from a low passage.  Tina joins her
from the other side of the hall.

                           MARY ANN
               Tina!  Tina!  Come over here!

                           TINA
               What is it?

                           MARY ANN
               Come with me.  It looks like a
               continuation.

INT. CONTINUATION PASSAGE   NIGHT

Mary Ann and Tina are moving on through a narrow passage.

INT. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PASSAGE   NIGHT

Mary Ann and Tina are exit the passage and stand up.

                           MARY ANN
               Tunnel, a real tunnel!

                           TINA
               See, you have made it thru!

INT. BELOW THE VERTICAL DROP   NIGHT

Mary Ann and Tina arrive to an end of the passage, but a
continuation is visible some 15 feet above ground.
                           MARY ANN
               It started so nicely, but looks
               like an end here.

                           TINA
               We can't know.  Maybe you have
               really found a bypass.

                           MARY ANN
               It looks a bit risky to climb.

                           TINA
               That's what the boys are for.

INT. HALL OF THE VELVET PILLAR   NIGHT

Evan and Marco are standing at the pillar.

                           EVAN
               We have checked it all.

                           MARCO
               Indeed.  At best we wait here a
               little while.  Tinaaa!  Mary Ann!

INT. CONTINUATION PASSAGE   NIGHT

Mary Ann and Tina returning.

                           MARY ANN
               Stand still.  Do you hear?

                           TINA
               Yes, they are calling us.

                           MARY ANN
               Uuuuuaaaaaa!

                           TINA
               We can wait.  They will hear us.

INT. CONTINUATION PASSAGE   NIGHT

Evan and Marco are in front of the squeeze, Tina is just
crawling out, Mary Ann follows.

                           MARCO
               Some crawling practice?
                           TINA
               Mary Ann found a continuation.

                           EVAN
               How does it look?

                           MARY ANN
               It is a tunnel which ends in a
               climb that we could not do.

                           MARCO
               Long live Mary Ann!  Let us see
               her new discovery.

                           TINA
               After crawling practice, that is.

                           EVAN
               It is getting late, but let us
               make a quick check.

Mary Ann crawls back into the narrow passage.

INT. BELOW THE VERTICAL DROP   NIGHT

Evan, Mary Ann, Tina and Marco below the ascent.

                           TINA
               Who will be the lucky one?

                           EVAN
               Will you go, Marco?

                           MARCO
                      (hesitating)
               It would not be fair.  Let us help
               Mary Ann who discovered it.

Mary Ann climbs on, standing on the shoulders of Marco.

INT. ABOVE THE VERTICAL DROP   NIGHT

Mary Ann climbs to the top, moves on and disappears
in the dark.

INT. THE MUDDY GALLERY   NIGHT

Mary Ann descends from around the corner, peeks on and
returns.

INT. BELOW THE VERTICAL DROP   NIGHT

Mary Ann reappears on top of the drop.

                           EVAN
               How is it?

                           MARY ANN
               It does go on, but it is muddy.

                           MARCO
               Good, good, Mary Ann.

                           TINA
               Didn't I tell you it was worth
               taking her along?

                           EVAN
               If we find something more it will
               be impossible not to go on.

                           TINA
               So what?

                           EVAN
               We are tired, and we should not
               overstretch the luck we have had.

                           MARY ANN
               Tina, Evan is right.

                           TINA
                      (mocking Mary Ann)
               We all know how the proverb goes:
               Prudence is the mother of wisdom.

                           MARCO
               And, as old Thomas would say, the
               sister of cowardice.

                           EVAN
               Suit yourselves, I am going to bed.

INT. AT THE TENT   NIGHT

Evan, Marco, Tina and Mary Ann undress the caving oversuits
and disappear into the tent.

INT. IN THE TENT   NIGHT

Marco, at the extreme left, and Evan, next to him, are in
the sleeping bags already while Tina, next to Evan, and Mary
Ann are crawling into theirs.  The only illumination is a
LED torch in Evan's hand.

                           TINA
               What was the most difficult for
               you today?

                           MARY ANN
               The squeeze - turning around at
               the end, above the abyss.

                           MARCO
               But you have made it.  And racing
               down the rope was a pure pleasure.

                           EVAN
               Tomorrow could be a different
               story, up with the bags.

                           TINA
               If we do not find the crossover.

                           MARY ANN
               The tunnel is very small and may
               end any time.

                           MARCO
               Small tunnel, big tunnel, it does
               go on.  How did you find it?

                           MARY ANN
               I was just curious.

                           TINA
               On the way back to the lake she
               persuaded me to have one more look.

                           MARCO
               Pure blooded explorer.  She just
               would not give up.

                           EVAN
                       (turning his LED
                        light off)
               Sure, sure.  Good night.

INT. IN THE TENT   NIGHT

Marco and Mary Ann are sitting in their sleeping bags, both
with LED torches, looking curiously at Evan, who is happily
and with closed eyes holding Tina's head in his hands and
just gives her a kiss on her forehead.  Tina is also awake,
surprised by what is happening to her.  Marco and Mary Ann
are whispering not to wake Evan up.

                           MARY ANN
               Look what he is doing.

                           MARCO
               Tina, what have you been doing to
               him?  He's never been so loving.

                           TINA
                      (shows with her
                       eyes that she
                       does not know)

                           MARY ANN
               Obviously nothing.  Maybe he is
               just sleepwalking or something.

                           MARCO
               I shall wake him up.

INT. IN THE TENT   NIGHT

Marco wakes up Evan who is unprepared for the situation and
immediately lets Tina's head free and keeps hands up as if
to say: I did nothing.

                           MARCO
               What a scene.  Since when do you
               have such a crush on Tina?

                           EVAN
               Well, er ...

                           MARY ANN
               Maybe you had some nice dream.

                           EVAN
               Yes, it was so great.

                           TINA
               What was it about?

                           EVAN
               I could explain something.

                           MARCO
               Not something, everything.
               We are all ears.

EXT. SOCCER FIELD   DAY

A view of a small soccer field on the rim of the forest.
There are some spectators around and two caving teams,
dressed casually, are playing.  A referee, properly dressed,
moves along the field.  He looks at his watch, the match is
close to the end.  Evan is the goalkeeper on the upper side
of the field.  A sequence of brisk dribbling and ball
passing scenes.

                           EVAN NARRATING
               It was towards the end of the match
               and we were leading by one goal.

EXT. SOCCER FIELD   DAY

A huge striker escapes and pops up in front of Evan, with
only one tiny goal-side player as defense.  A goal seems
inevitable when he throws himself down in front of the
striker, who stumbles and falls over.  The referee whistles
a foul and without hesitation points to the penalty mark.

EXT. SOCCER FIELD   DAY

Evan swings to the left and to the right in crouching
position as the striker moves a few steps back.  A short
dash and the ball flies to the left upper corner where
Evan has also jumped, by chance.  He grabs the ball.
He falls with it to the ground.  The referee whistles off
The end of the game.  Evan holds the ball firmly and gives
it a kiss.

INT. IN THE TENT   NIGHT

Marco, Evan, Tina and Mary Ann.  Evan is caressing Tina's
hand.

                           EVAN
               And so we won.  Excuse me, Tina
               if I spoiled your sleep.

                           TINA
               No problem, Evan, I was about to
               wake up anyhow.

                           MARCO
               Lucky you that he did not kick
               the ball back in the field.

                           MARY ANN
               I know he wouldn't.

INT. THE BANK OF THE LAKE   NIGHT

The gear is packed, everybody is in caving oversuits already
and they are mounting the backpacks.

                           TINA
               Do we have to take the oars?
               They are so clumsy.

                           EVAN
               True - but if we don't take them ...

                           MARCO
               ... a new lake will pop out of the
               blue when we are far enough.

                           MARY ANN
               I will take them.

INT. CONTINUATION PASSAGE   NIGHT

In front of the passage Evan and Tina are making an arrow
out of small stones.  It has curved blades and points in.

                           MARY ANN
               A true work of art.

                           MARCO
               And if we mess something up, the
               rescuing team will know where to go.

INT. ABOVE THE VERTICAL DROP   NIGHT

Tina as the last in the group passes her bag to Marco,
climbs herself to the top.  Marco gives her a hand.

INT. THE MUDDY GALLERY   NIGHT

Evan descends from around the corner, followed by Mary Ann,
Marco and Tina.  They move on through the gallery.

INT. JUNCTION HALL   NIGHT

The group comes from the left and stops in the hall.  They
dismount the bags.
                           TINA
               A junction hall.

                           EVAN
               We shall explore all the tunnels,
               hopefully one of them leads on.

INT. BLIND END OF THE JUNCTION HALL   NIGHT

Marco is looking back from a narrow passage, just his face
is seen.  Mary Ann is in front of the entrance.

                           MARY ANN
               How is it?

                           MARCO
               It ends here.  Nice but blind.

INT. JUNCTION HALL   NIGHT

Tina shows the continuation with her hand.  They mount the
bags and move on to the left.

                           TINA
               A continuation is here, down there
               and to the right.
INT. JUNCTION HALL   NIGHT

A view of another pebble arrow on the floor.

INT. ENTRANCE TO THE KEYHOLE HALL   NIGHT

Evan moves in through a low passage, Marco is passing him
the bags.

                           EVAN
               A pretty hall.  Pass me the bags.

INT. KEYHOLE HALL   NIGHT

The group is standing standing below a keyhole-like opening
in the ceiling, Evan illuminates it from the rear.

                           TINA
               What a special shape.

                           MARY ANN
               Like a keyhole, only very big.

                           MARCO
               High waters must have carved it out.

                           EVAN
               First the keyhole, then the hall.

INT. TUNNELS TO THE SOUTH OF THE KEYHOLE HALL   NIGHT

A sequence of short scenes depicting the group moving
through a nicely dripstone-decorated, mostly white tunnels.
It is interrupted by a compass scene.  Evan is trying to
locate his but to no avail.

                           EVAN
               We don't have the survey gear, and
               I even forgot my compass.  Only
               the thermometer is here.

                           MARCO
               I don't have a compass either.

                           TINA
               I've got one, a present from
               Mary Ann.
                           EVAN
               Can you have a look where the
               tunnel is heading?

                           TINA
               I sure can ...

Compass, the needle barely moves.

                           TINA
               It is 325 degrees.

                           EVAN
               Northwest.  On target.

INT. TUNNELS TO THE SOUTH OF THE KEYHOLE HALL   NIGHT

Another sequence of scenes in a nicely decorated,
predominantly white tunnels.

INT. MUDDY TUNNEL, AT THE PASSAGE TO THE LOWER FLOOR   NIGHT

Evan and Marco are peeking into a small opening at the side
of the wall.
                           MARCO
               What do you say?  Is it worth a try?

                           EVAN
                      (laughing)
               No need to toss a coin, is it?

                           MARCO
               Certainly not.  Should I go or will
               it be you this time?

                           EVAN
               I can go, no problem.

INT. CHAMBER ABOVE THE ABYSS   NIGHT

Evan descends slowly into the chamber, flaps his gloves to
get rid of the dirt and looks around.  He shouts and his
voice echoes off the walls.  He moves a little bit
forward and throws a stone in the abyss.

                           EVAN
               Uaaaaa!
INT. MUDDY TUNNEL, AT THE PASSAGE TO THE LOWER FLOOR   NIGHT

Evan pops up from the opening.

                           EVAN
               It goes on.

                           MARCO
               Let us call the girls.

INT. MUDDY TUNNEL, DOWN THE CANYON   NIGHT

Tina and Mary Ann are walking along the bottom of a muddy
canyon, towards the lower end which looks like a dry sump.

                           MARY ANN
               Another dead end.

                           TINA
               As could be expected.

                           MARCO (V.O.)
               Tina!  Maryanna!

INT. CHAMBER ABOVE THE ABYSS   NIGHT

Evan is sitting with legs in the passage, Marco is
completing a clay arrow, the girls are crouching.

                           TINA
               So the cave does go on.

                           MARCO
               Yes, Evan found a chamber which
               leads to an abyss.

                           MARY ANN
               Is it deep?

                           EVAN
               Couldn't say.  I did not see to
               the bottom.  At least 60 feet.

                           TINA
               We shall go and we shall see.

INT. CHAMBER ABOVE THE ABYSS   NIGHT

Marco is attaching the rope around a large stalagmite and
passes it on to Evan.

INT. ABOVE THE ABYSS   NIGHT

Evan is standing on a ledge above the abyss and throws the
rope in the void.

INT. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ABYSS   NIGHT

The rope falls through the air with a hiss and swings along
the wall as it reaches the floor.

INT. THE BOTTOM OF THE ABYSS   NIGHT

Evan is descending along the rope in the abyss and lands on
a slippery slope.  He detaches himself from the rope.

                           EVAN
               Clear!  Off rope!

INT. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ABYSS   NIGHT

Tina, with a bag hanging below her, descends down the rope
and pushes herself away from the wall with her feet.

INT. THE BOTTOM OF THE ABYSS   NIGHT

Mary Ann is drifting down slowly through the air.  Just
before landing on the slope Marco grabs her bag and pulls
Mary Ann to the leveled ground on top.

                           EVAN
               Careful!  It is very slippery.

INT. ON THE SLOPE   NIGHT

Evan, followed by Tina, Marco and Mary Ann descend carefully
down the slope.  Mary Ann slips but Marco stops her in the
last moment.

INT. AT THE STALAGMITE   NIGHT

They stop at the large circular stalagmite with a little one
on top.
                           MARY ANN
               What a stalagmite!

                           MARCO
               No offense, but it really looks
               like a very big tit.

                           TINA
                      (touches it)
               It even has a nipple.

                           EVAN
               Any suggestions for a name?

                           MARCO
               It radiates power.  What about
               Maria Theresia's tit?

                           TINA
               Not bad.  It certainly could not be
               named after you.

                           EVAN
               Be it that way or another, let us
               move on.

INT. THE PASSAGE TO THE LARGE HALL   NIGHT

Evan appears on top of the passage, where a narrow tunnel
opens up into a big hall.  He shouts.

                           EVAN
               Uaaaaa!

                           TINA
               This is getting really big.

                           MARY ANN
               Can you descend without a rope?

                           EVAN
               I shall try, wait where you are.

INT. BELOW THE PASSAGE TO THE LARGE HALL   NIGHT

Evan carefully slips down, helps Tina and Mary Ann who are
descending behind him.  Marco is passing him the bags.
INT. LARGE HALL   NIGHT

The group is advancing over the clay hill and disappears in
the dark.

INT. UNDERGROUND STAIRCASE   NIGHT

Evan and Tina are illuminating the ceiling of the hall with
a narrow beam of a torchlight, Mary Ann and Marco join them
from behind.

                           EVAN
               Quite a high ceiling.

                           TINA
               The water must have flown here
               long ago.

                           MARCO
               So that the flowstone floor had
               time to spread out.

                           MARY ANN
               Like a staircase.

INT. AT THE GIANT STALACTITE   NIGHT

The hall with a giant stalactite.  It grows down from the
ceiling, only a short distance is separating it from the
stalagmite below.  It is in the dark at first but gets more
and more visible as the group is closer.

                           MARCO
               What a size!

                           TINA
               We named the previous one Maria
               Theresia's tit, what about this?

                           MARY ANN
               I would suggest Evan's stalactite.

                           TINA
               Nice name.  Better than Evan's ...
               you know what I mean.

                           EVAN
               Watch your step.  There is an abyss
               here below.

INT. THE STEEP SLOPE   NIGHT

A sequence of short scenes showing the descent of the group
from the side of the funnel-like slope.  Four tiny lights in
a vast empty expanse.

INT. MUDDY VALLEY   NIGHT

Evan and Tina are walking on the bottom of the valley-like
tunnel, Marco and Mary Ann slide down to them from the top
of the side slope.

                           EVAN
               Tina, can you check the
               direction again?

                           TINA
               Yes, I can ...
               It is 340 degrees.

                           EVAN
               North-northwest.  OK.

INT. CROCODILE PASSAGE   NIGHT

Play of light over the passage where the remains of the side
wall resemble crocodiles hanging in the air.  Evan comes
along, followed by Mary Ann, Tina and Marco.

                           MARY ANN
               Lovely carved out rocks.

                           TINA
               Just like crocodiles.

                           MARCO
               It could be Crocodile Passage then.

                           EVAN
               I do not object.

INT. ABOVE THE RAVINE HALL   NIGHT

A view of the group of three on top of an abyss, which
widens into a large hall.  Evan steps as far out as is
feasible but not too far because of the slippery, muddy
slope.

                           TINA
               It looks like the end of story.

                           EVAN
               Yes, we only have a short piece of
               rope and this ravine is really deep.

                           MARY ANN
               Where is Marco?

                           TINA
               Listen, I heard something.

INT. LOWER PASSAGE TO THE RAVINE HALL   NIGHT

Marco is squeezing himself between the rocks into a smaller
tunnel.  He discovers an opening and shouts.

                           MARCO
               Hoooooy!

INT. ABOVE THE RAVINE HALL   NIGHT

Distant voice is heard from below.

                           EVAN
               It looks as if Marco had coined
               a bypass.

INT. BEGINNING OF THE PASSAGE TO THE RAVINE HALL   NIGHT

Tina is peeking into a small opening between the rocks,
Evan and Mary Ann beside her.  Evan wants to slip in but
stops to hear what Marco has to say.

                           TINA
               This is it, Marco's bag is here.

INT. END OF THE PASSAGE TO THE RAVINE HALL   NIGHT

Marco stands in the higher part of the tunnel and shouts
over the rocks.

                           MARCO
                      (shouting)
               Don't go down the chimney, use the
               narrow passage on the left.

INT. IN THE PASSAGE TO THE RAVINE HALL   NIGHT

Tina and Mary Ann slip over the rock, Evan is passing Marco
the bags.

                           EVAN
               The luggage is over now.

INT. THE SLOPE OF THE RAVINE HALL   NIGHT

Marco, followed by Evan, Mary Ann and Tina are descending
down the muddy slope, towards the water.

INT. AT THE LAKE   NIGHT

The group is at the strait between two underground lakes, the
water flows from the upper lake into the lower.  There is a lot
of olms in the lower one.

                           MARY ANN
               Impressive hall, Marco.

                           TINA
               Like a seashore.

                           EVAN
                      (with a
                       thermometer)
               It is forty-five degrees Fahrenheit.

                           MARY ANN
               Warmer than the first lake.

                           MARCO
               Look, look here!

                           MARY ANN
               What fair skin they have.

                           TINA
               And how quickly they swim
               out of light.

INT. AT THE LAKE   NIGHT

The cavers are wondering what to do next.

                           TINA
               The olms tell that we have reached
               the underground water table.

                           EVAN
               Yes, but the lower lake is a sump.

                           MARCO
               That's bad news but good news is
               that it is lunchtime.

                           MARY ANN
               I'm hungry too.

                           TINA
               Mary Ann, we are not choosy, are we?

                           MARCO
               So it is the boys' turn again,
               isn't it?  It is the end of the
               cave, so be it.

                           EVAN
               We have taken enough food for five,
               and there is quite some left.

                           MARCO
               Mary Ann, show Tina around, we need
               concentration for best performance.

INT. AT THE LAKE   NIGHT

The lunch is ready.  Tina and Mary Ann return from the
darkness while Marco and Evan are waiting at the tablecloth
with arranged delicacies.

                           EVAN
               Come closer and see what the house
               has to offer.

                           TINA
               What do you say, Mary Ann?

                           MARY ANN
               Old lady Europe at its best.  This is
               better than nouvelle cuisine.

                           MARCO
               Mesdames et messieurs, bon appetit!

INT. AT THE LAKE   NIGHT

A series of short lunch scenes, hands grabbing prosciutto,
mozzarella cheese, corn bread, mushrooms, garlic, grapes.

                           EVAN
               Eat garlic.  It is good for your
               memory, skin, it kills cancer cells.

                           MARCO
               Roman gladiators and Egyptian
               pyramid builders liked it, too.

                           TINA
               Why must it have such a terrible
               odor?

INT. AT THE LAKE   NIGHT

Very little is left of the lunch.  They are packing the bags.

                           EVAN
               Carbide lamps are waning.  It would
               be a good time for a refill.

                           MARCO
               Why not.  Tina, pass me the black
               bag.

INT. AT THE LAKE   NIGHT

Evan and Marco refill the carbide lamps and light them again
when finished.
INT. AT THE LAKE   NIGHT

The bags are packed and the group is about to return.

                           MARCO
               What if we check the wall on the
               other side a little?

                           TINA
               It is no use.  Don't be so greedy
               and leave some for the next time.

                           EVAN
               It may be so, but why not.  The
               hall would have a mystery about it.

INT. ON THE SLOPE ABOVE THE LAKE   NIGHT

Marco scans the opposite wall with a long torchlight.

                           MARY ANN
               There is some opening far above.

                           EVAN
               Might be a gallery entrance.

                           MARCO
               I could try to climb there.

                           TINA
               To break your neck.

                           EVAN
               Marco, Tina is right.
               It is dangerous.

                           MARCO
               Just a little, to the first ledge?
               I would use the rope for safety.

                           MARY ANN
               Marco, how will we carry you out
               if you hurt yourself?

INT. THE WALL ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAKE   NIGHT

Marco steps on Evan's hands and on his shoulders as he moves
along a fissure in the wall.  Quite high already he makes a
sling on the rope and puts it around a rocky horn.  When all
seems fine he makes a wrong step and falls down.

                           EVAN
               Tina and Mary Ann, step away.  He
               might hurt you if he falls down.

INT. BELOW THE WALL   NIGHT

Marco drops down from above and lands using a martial
arts-like fall technique to minimize impact.  Yet he does not
move.  Mary Ann is the first at his side.  After a while Evan
flips him on the back, on an aluminum foil rescue blanket,
and Mary Ann starts to revive him.

                           EVAN
                      (measuring pulse
                       on the hand)
               He is alive, but unconscious.
               Anybody versed in first aid?

                           MARY ANN
               I am.  But ...  Tina, would you try?

                           TINA
               No, no, go ahead, Mary Ann.  Just
               be careful, he ate a lot of garlic!

INT. MARCO'S VISION   NIGHT

The rocky horn with the rope sling as it fades away during
the fall.  It morphs into a fractal animation showing
incoming black voids which end with a large red explosion
and a burnt white (animated fractal gif sequence).

INT. ON THE BEACH AT SEA   DAY

Marco is taking a nap on a large towel, laid on the fine sand
of the beach, close to the shallow sea with faint waves.  He
is lying on the stomach, head turned to the sea. Mary Ann is
sitting at the water line.  She plays with a LITTLE GIRL,
they are making small sand heaps.  After a while they come to
Marco.
                           MARY ANN
               Look, look, my sweatheart.  Daddy
               fell asleep.

                           MARY ANN
               Should we wake him up?  The tide
               is coming, it will wet him.

                           MARY ANN
                      (holding his hand)
               Marco, Marco dear, wake up!

INT. BELOW THE WALL   NIGHT

Mary Ann is successful.  Marco opens up his eyes and looks
at Mary Ann, at him and around, evidently surprised.

                           MARY ANN
               Marco, Marco dear, wake up!

                           MARCO
               Oh my darling, oh my love.

                           TINA
               Look at him!  I knew, if that
               'Marco, dear' would not wake him
               up, nothing would.

                           EVAN
               You are in a cave and you fell
               from the ledge.  How are you?

                           MARCO
                      (smiling)
               Shaken, not stirred.

Mary Ann moves his legs, Evan removes his boots and they
are examining his feet.

                           MARY ANN
               Can you move your legs?
               Does this hurt?

                           MARCO
               No, as long as you do it.

                           EVAN
               The bones seem to be unbroken and
               in place.  But he is shattered.

                           MARCO
               I am just fine.

                           TINA
               Let us move, there is a long way
               back.

INT. BELOW THE WALL   NIGHT

Evan is trying to detach the rope from below but it sticks
to the rock horn.

                           TINA
               We can leave the rope here.

                           EVAN
               No, we need it for some emergency.
               A piton on top and it will go off.

INT. TOP OF THE WALL   NIGHT

Evan climbs to the rock horn with the rope, detaches it and
moves on to the entrance of the upper tunnel where he
hammers in a piton. He attaches the carabiner, from which the
rope is hanging, to the piton and throws the rope into the
abyss.

                           IVAN
               Careful! The rope!

INT. BELOW THE WALL   NIGHT

Marco is resting on a bag with another bag between his back
and the wall.  Tina and Mary Ann look up at Evan, who throws
the rope down but, instead of descending, disappears into
the upper tunnel.

INT. TOP OF THE CRYSTAL HALL   NIGHT

Evan pops up from behind a white wall onto a slope full of
flowstone decorations, stalagmites and stalactites.  He
descends down the slope.

INT. AT THE CREEK, CRYSTAL HALL   NIGHT

Evan arrives to an underground creek.

INT. BELOW THE WALL   NIGHT

Tina and Mary Ann at the rope, Marco at the wall.

                           TINA
               It's quite some time since he left.

                           MARY ANN
               Let us hope that he is OK.

                           TINA
               No, no, he is very careful.
               He probably found something.

INT. TOP OF THE WALL   NIGHT

Evan is back at the tunnel entrance.  He attaches himself to
the rope and rappels down.  At his voice Marco jumps up.

                           EVAN
               Hoho, girls!

INT. BELOW THE WALL   NIGHT

Evan descends, detaches himself from the rope and they begin
discussing further options.  Marco is the most eager to
continue exploration.

                           TINA
               Evan, what's up?

                           EVAN
               There is a creek on the other side!

                           MARCO
               A creek!  I did not climb in vain!

                           MARY ANN
               Is it far?

                           EVAN
               No, just down the flowstone slope.

                           TINA
               Can we have a look at it?

                           EVAN
               Actually we should not.  Marco is
               hurt and the way back is long.

                           MARCO
               I have recovered and camping at the
               creekside would not be a bad idea.

                           MARY ANN
               Tina, do you agree?

                           TINA
               Oh yes, so the happy couple could
               have some water fun.

                           MARCO
               Why not?  Evan might have another,
               more humid sleepwalking dream.

                           MARY ANN
               Enough!  Stop it, both of you!

INT. THE WALL   NIGHT

Tina is ascending along the rope, with long, well-thought
moves.

INT. THE WALL   NIGHT

Mary Ann is ascending along the rope, with short, vivid
strokes.

INT. TOP OF THE WALL   NIGHT

Evan and Marco are pulling the bags upward.

INT. CRYSTAL HALL   NIGHT

The group is moving between the concretions, they stop at
the stalagmite in the form of a cross.

                           MARY ANN
               What a form.  How could the
               stalagmite grow that way?
                           TINA
               After the basic stalagmite was made
               the flowstone gradually closed the
               fissure on the ceiling and ...

                           MARCO
               ... the dripping point moved away.
               That's the basic idea.

                           EVAN
               Anyhow, this is beauty above beauty,
               a real Crystal hall.

INT. AT THE CREEK, CRYSTAL HALL   NIGHT

The group of four arrives to the creekside.  Evan measures
the water temperature, Marco takes some water in his palm
and he tastes it.

                           EVAN
               Fourty-seven degrees Fahrenheit.

                           MARCO
               Still cold, clear and, clean.

Tina unpacks the two boats and oars, Evan starts to inflate
the first one.

                           TINA
               And now, Mary Ann, it will be some
               boating for the girls, too.

                           MARY ANN
               No offense, but how do we find the
               way back?

                           EVAN
               It is always easier than going in.

                           MARCO
               As with horse-riding - you have to
               force the mare away from the stable,
               but she goes back by herself.

                           MARY ANN
               I am not a mare and I have never
               been in such a small boat.
                           MARCO
               Of course you are not.  I just feel
               like one when we are going back.

                           TINA
               About the boat, you just have to be
               gentle and make no sudden moves.

                           MARY ANN
               And who will go into which boat?

                           EVAN
               One boat is slightly smaller, it
               will be for you and Tina.

INT. AT THE CREEK, CRYSTAL HALL   NIGHT

They pack the bags and themselves into the boats and depart,
boys in front, girls after them.

INT. ON THE LAKE   NIGHT

Tina and Mary Ann in the boat, rotating at first, but after
a while they find out how to row to move forward.

INT. END OF THE FIRST LAKE   NIGHT

Evan and Marco land at the rocks where the lake ends.  They
disembark and pull the boat ashore.  Tina and Mary Ann
arrive.

                           MARCO
               Be careful at landing, Tina.  When
               you step out of the boat, hold it
               firmly until Mary Ann is out, too.

                           EVAN
               Tina, let us have a look what is
               on the other side of the collapse.

INT. COLLAPSE BETWEEN THE LAKES   NIGHT

Ivan and Tina are climbing across the collapse. Ivan gives
Tina a hand.

                           TINA
               Thank you.
INT. END OF THE FIRST LAKE   NIGHT

Marco and Mary Ann are sitting on backpacks. Marco is deep
in his thoughts.

                           MARY ANN
               Are you OK?  What are you thinking
               of?

                           MARCO
               Thank you, I am fine.  I just have
               an impossible wish.

                           MARY ANN
               What wish?  Maybe it is not
               impossible.

                           MARCO
               I do not dare to tell it.

                           MARY ANN
               I will not mind.  Just say.

                           MARCO
               I would like to be a little kid
               and sit in your lap.

                           MARY ANN
               What's impossible here?

                           MARCO
               I am too big and heavy and it just
               does not make sense.

                           MARY ANN
               So you wish I would sit in your lap.

INT. THE SECOND LAKE   NIGHT

Tina and Evan on the shore of the second lake. They step
into the water.

                           EVAN
               It is shallow.  We could walk here.

They walk along the bank of the lake in ankle-deep water.

                           TINA
               And here is another lake.

INT. END OF THE FIRST LAKE   NIGHT

Mary Ann is sitting in Marco's lap. They look at each other.
Marco closed his eyes and is approaching Mary Ann's face, he
is about to kiss her.
                           MARY ANN
               What if someone would see us?

                           MARCO
               This can be fixed in no time.

Marco dismounts his helmet, blows the flame off, turns off
the light on Mary Ann's helmet. A kiss is heard.

INT. END OF THE FIRST LAKE   NIGHT

Evan and Tina return to Mary Ann and Marco who pretend that
they are fixing the cords on cloth boat covers.

                           MARY ANN
               Nice to have you back.

                           MARCO
               How does it look?

                           TINA
               There is another lake with a
               pretty flowstone bottom.

INT. THE SECOND LAKE   NIGHT

Evan and Marco, Tina and Mary Ann bring the boats over the
collapse to the lake.  They continue over the shallows to
embark in deeper water.  The boats disappear downstream.

INT. THE LAKE WITH A PILLAR   NIGHT

Both boats navigate to the left and right of the flowstone
pillar in the middle of the stream.

INT. LOW PASSAGE   NIGHT

Tina and Mary Ann arrive to the part of the riverbed where
the ceiling of the tunnel descends low towards the water.
Evan and Marco follow.
                           MARY ANN
               Should we try first?
               We are smaller.

                           EVAN
               OK, but be careful.  Go back if
               the current will get stronger.

                           MARCO
               Here, hold the cord so that we can
               pull you back if necessary.

                           TINA
               Yes, I've got it.

INT. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PASSAGE   NIGHT

Mary Ann and Tina move slowly and arrive to the point where
the ceiling gets high again.

                           TINA
                      (shouting)
               We are thru!  Pull the cord back!

INT. THE SHORE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PASSAGE   NIGHT

Mary Ann and Tina at the boat on the shore, Evan and Marco
arrive, disembark and pull the boat out of the water.

                           MARY ANN
               There is a cascade in front.
               Come and have a look.

INT. THE CASCADE AT THE CONFLUENCE   NIGHT

Tina, Mary Ann, Evan and Marco pop up between the
stalagmites at the place where the creek flows into a larger
lake.  Marco drops the boat onto the water with a loud bang.

                           EVAN
               Nice place, a real water temple.

                           MARCO
               And the nymphs ...

                           MARY ANN
                      (stretching her
                       arms)
               ... would be dancing, if the space
               was not so narrow.

                           TINA
               Push him a little and we will also
               have a wet olm shepherd.

                           EVAN
               It looks like this creek is a
               tributary of a bigger one.

                           MARCO
               Check if it collects the water
               from the same basin.

                           EVAN
               Yes, I have to go a bit upstream.

                           TINA
               How much is it?

                           EVAN
               47 degrees Fahrenheit again.

INT. AT THE CONFLUENCE   NIGHT

Evan, Marco, Mary Ann and Tina pack into the boats and
depart.

INT. AT THE ICE CREAM CONE CONCRETION   NIGHT

The girls row in the bay to the right of a large ice cream
cone-shaped stalagmite and circumnavigate it on the left.

INT. THE ISLAND   NIGHT

Evan and Marco row by the island and stop behind it.  They
blow the headlights off and watch the light of the incoming
girls, reflected in the water.

INT. THE ISLAND   NIGHT

The girls arrive and the boys join them at a large side
opening.
                           TINA
               A large gallery.  Do we explore it?

                           MARCO
               Probably not.  The stream runs here.

                           EVAN
               It may be useful if we hit a sump
               downstream.

                           MARY ANN
               It would also be a good campsite,
               with a view above the water.

INT. THE MUSHROOM   NIGHT

The two boats flow by from around the bend and illuminate
a large mushroom-like flowstone dome.  Marco taps on it
gently to see if it is hollow.

                           EVAN
               The tunnel is getting smaller.

                           TINA
               It really looks like a bypass.

                           MARCO
               The stream must have used the other
               gallery before carving out this one.

                           MARY ANN
               It seems to be a little hollow.

INT. THE SECOND ISLAND   NIGHT

Tina and Mary Ann try to land with the boat at the narrow
island with two large stalagmites.

                           MARY ANN
               Lovely little island.  Like a ship.

                           EVAN
               Careful, the rock is sharp, it
               could puncture the boat.

                           TINA
               It is sharp, but it is really
               handsome.
                           MARCO
               I wonder what awaits us downstream.

                           TINA
               Why are you so eager to push on?

                           MARCO
               The cave is handsome, she gave me
               my life back, you have beautiful
               eyes, how could I wish to return?

                           TINA
                      (sprinkling him
                       with water)
               Beautiful eyes, ay?  You, you,
               lousy flatterer.

INT. BEFORE THE SECOND CASCADE   NIGHT

Evan and Marco land at the small dam between the two lakes.
They disembark and pull the boat ashore.  Tina and Mary Ann
arrive.

                           TINA
               Another cascade?

                           MARCO
               Yes, and watch your step.  The
               flowstone floor is very fragile.

                           EVAN
               Tina, can you check the direction
               once again?

                           TINA
               Yes, why not ...

Compass needle, scarcely moving.

                           TINA
               320 degrees.

                           EVAN
               Northwest.  Steady, steady.

INT. AT THE SECOND CASCADE   NIGHT

Evan brings the larger boat and puts it onto the water with
a bang, followed by Marco with the smaller boat.  Tina and
Mary Ann follow with the bags.  They embark and depart.

INT. AT THE PILLARS   NIGHT

The party arrives to the lake with a group of flowstone
pillars growing from the water at the left side.

                           MARY ANN
               How did they grow out of the water?

                           TINA
               Probably they started to grow when
               the water level was lower.

                           MARY ANN
               They remind me of piers in a harbor.

                           EVAN
               Pillars like in Venice.

                           MARCO
               Venetian harbor, what do you say?

INT. AT THE LOW STRAIT   NIGHT

The ceiling of the tunnel lowers considerably.  The two boats
appear from around the bend and land on a clay shore.

                           EVAN
               It seems that the stream ends here.

                           TINA
               This could really be a sump.

                           MARY ANN
               Above here is the old riverbed.

                           MARCO
               Go, go, let us have a look at it!

INT. ABOVE THE LARGE LAKE   NIGHT

The party arrives to a ledge above a large lake.
                           TINA
               The show must go on.

                           MARY ANN
               And what a show.

                           EVAN
               Nothing to be done, let us fetch
               the boats again.

INT. ROCKY SHORE OF THE LARGE LAKE   NIGHT

The boats are put into the water, embarked and floated
across the lake.  Mary Ann and Tina go forward, Evan and
Marco paddle into the side channel.

                           EVAN
               We shall explore the side tunnel
               and you two go down the lake.

                           MARY ANN
               Be careful and see you soon!

                           MARCO
               You too, and don't go too far.

                           TINA
               Bye, bye, bye.

INT. THE STRAIT BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE SIDE TUNNEL   NIGHT

Evan and Marco disembark at the strait, pull the boat over
to the side lake, embark again and proceed into the tunnel.

INT. THE LARGE LAKE   NIGHT

Mary Ann and Tina paddle on the lake.

INT. THE BEND OF THE TUNNEL   NIGHT

Evan and Marco disembark at the bend, pull the boat ashore
and continue upwards into the dry tunnel.

INT. THE LARGE LAKE   NIGHT

Mary Ann and Tina stop in the middle of the lake and watch
the two opposite shores.  Light appears on top of the left
side slope.  After a while Evan and Marco pop up on top and
wave at the girls.

                           TINA
               Do you see what I see?

                           MARY ANN
               Light in the tunnel above the
               shore.  Who could it be?

                           TINA
               Maybe we have reached the lower
               cave and this could be Logachani.

                           MARY ANN
               Who is Logachani?

                           TINA
               The gang from Logatec caving club.
               They always discover what others
               cannot.

                           MARCO
               Hohohoy!

INT. TOP OF THE DRY TUNNEL   NIGHT

Marco and Evan look down at the lake with the boat of Tina
and Mary Ann.  They run to the shore.

INT. SHORE OF THE LARGE LAKE   NIGHT

Mary Ann and Tina paddle to the shore, where Marco and Evan
are waiting for them.  They help the girls to land.

                           TINA
               How did you come over so quickly?

                           EVAN
                      (showing the
                       tunnel)
               The side lake is quite short, it
               ends with this tunnel.

                           MARY ANN
               We thought you were Logachani.

                           MARCO
               Nice guys but still not us.

INT. THE STRAIT BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE SIDE TUNNEL   NIGHT

Marco and Evan paddle to the strait, transfer the boat over
and continue downstream the large lake.

INT. THE END OF THE LAKE   NIGHT

The two boats hit the end of the lake, where the creek
continues with a shallow stream.  They disembark, move the
boats ashore and continue on foot.

                           MARCO
               The lake ends, the cave doesn't.

                           TINA
               Do we continue on foot?

                           EVAN
               Yes, we shall leave the gear here.

                           MARY ANN
               There is a faint sound of rapids.

                           TINA
               At least they are not far.

INT. AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE SINK   NIGHT

Over a series of slight yellow-brown flowstone steps they
arrive to the bend, where the stream turns right into a
narrow passage.

                           MARY ANN
               It looks narrow.

                           MARCO
               It sure does.  Maybe it is possible
               to negotiate a passage above water.

                           TINA
               Just don't fall again.  The water
               is cold.

                           EVAN
               OK.  I will go with you.

INT. THE SINK   NIGHT

Marco is climbing on the smoothly carved out dark rocks
above the water, Evan is behind him.

INT. THE END OF THE SINK   NIGHT

Marco reached the final chamber.  After examining the two
side chambers he decides to return.

                           EVAN
               How does it look?

                           MARCO
               There are two small side chambers,
               but too narrow to proceed.

                           EVAN
               Impressive walls and floor.

                           MARCO
               Yes.  If I were filthy rich, I
               would have a bathroom like this.

INT. ENTRANCE OF THE TUNNEL ABOVE THE SINK   NIGHT

Tina and Mary Ann depart to the upper tunnel which leads away
from the sink, in the direction of the stream riverbed.

INT. THE BEND OF THE TUNNEL   NIGHT

On the flowstone slope a new, large and long gallery with a
small lake opens up before the girls.

                           MARY ANN
               This looks like the old path
               of the water.

                           TINA
               Yes, before it carved out a new
               one where Evan and Marco went.

                           MARY ANN
               And there is another gallery
               here on top.

INT. AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE SINK   NIGHT

Evan and Marco return.  As the girls are not there they
decide to follow them but stop as they hear them coming and
see the lights.  Mary Ann and Tina come from the tunnel.

                           TINA
               The cave continues over here.

                           MARY ANN
               It is a dry tunnel, like an old
               riverbed.

                           MARCO
               So, let us pack the boats and
               fetch the bags.

                           EVAN
               We have come far enough, it would
               be a good time to return.

                           MARY ANN
               Marco, Evan is right.  There is
               a long way back.

                           TINA
               To peek just a little bit forward?

                           EVAN
               A little bit?  Without the bags?

                           MARCO
               I will pack the boats and I will
               cook the supper.

                           EVAN
               Stubborn you are, but OK under
               two conditions.

                           TINA
               Which are?

                           EVAN
               That we return if we hit the river
               again, and that Mary Ann agrees.

                           MARCO
               Mary Ann, please ...
                           MARY ANN
                      (hesitating)
               It's a deal.

INT. THE OLD RIVERBED TUNNEL   NIGHT

Tina, Evan, Mary Ann and Marco proceed down the tunnel to
the place with a side spring.  They follow the water to a
small waterfall which drops into a sump.  Evan descends and
returns.

                           MARCO
               The sump?

                           EVAN
               Yes.  The passage ends here.

                           TINA
               True.  But the cave forks at the
               beginning of this tunnel.

                           MARY ANN
               And the upper passage is left
               to be explored.

INT. THE BEND OF THE TUNNEL   NIGHT

The party returns.  They mount the flowstone slope.

INT. THE HALL ABOVE THE RAVINE   NIGHT

Evan comes to the edge of a deep pit and tells the others
not to go too close.

                           EVAN
               Careful!  It is very deep here.

                           MARCO
               It could be an access to the river.

                           TINA
               Yes, but it is so quiet down there.

INT. THE HALL AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RAVINE   NIGHT

The lights are seen high above ground in the dark.

INT. THE HALL ABOVE THE RAVINE   NIGHT

Marco and Mary Ann are standing on the edge of the precipice.

                           MARY ANN
               Here, a stone.

                           MARCO
               Throw it yourself, just be careful
               not to lose balance.

Mary Ann throws the stone in the void.

INT. THE HALL AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RAVINE   NIGHT

A stone falls from above, rolls on the floor and into the
water with a loud splash.

INT. THE HALL ABOVE THE RAVINE   NIGHT

Discussion continues.

                           TINA
               It did fall into the water.

                           EVAN
               And no rope to go down.

                           MARCO
               This gallery continues.  Maybe
               there is another passage down.

INT. AT THE LITTLE LAKE   NIGHT

The tunnel gets narrower but very high.  They cross the side
of a little lake with flowstone banks.

INT. OVERHANGING STALAGMITES   NIGHT

The path leads over a pit, once filled with clay on which
stalagmites grew.  Later a stream of water removed the clay
and the concretions remained partly hanging in the air.

                           TINA
               They look so fragile.

                           EVAN
               Indeed.  Don't touch them.  It
               could all fall down.

                           MARY ANN
               How will we climb across?

                           MARCO
               I will help you.

INT. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PIT   NIGHT

Evan is standing on top, Marco passes him the bags.  They
also help Tina and Mary Ann to climb on top.

INT. THE TUNNEL ABOVE THE RIVER   NIGHT

The party arrives to a place where the tunnel opens up below
the ceiling of a very large and deep gallery.

                           MARCO
               Hohohohoy!

                           TINA
               What a hall!

                           MARY ANN
               And what a thunder!

                           EVAN
               It can only be a river.

                           MARY ANN
               Look at the patterns.

                           TINA
               They look like man-made, don't they?

                           MARCO
               Hieroglyphs.  They are earth
               deposits from a nearly still water.

INT. TOP OF THE SLOPE TO THE RIVER   NIGHT

Evan, Marco, Tina and Mary Ann are carefully approaching the
edge of a ravine that leads down to the river.

                           TINA
               It looks very steep.  Is there any
               rope left?

                           EVAN
               No, just the cord for the boat.

                           MARCO
               If we look up close maybe something
               can be done.

                           EVAN
               It will be safer if I go.

                           MARY ANN
               Be careful, Evan.

                           TINA
               We will not be able to help you
               from above.

INT. THE SLOPE TO THE RIVER   NIGHT

Evan is slowly negotiating his way down the muddy rock.  He
tries to climb in the fissure but finds better grips to the
left of it.

                           EVAN
               I am down!  Pass me the bags!

Marco is passing him the bags, they are attached to the cord.

INT. RIVERBANK   NIGHT

The party arrives to the riverbed, full of black boulders.
Between them a large stream with rapids is flowing.

                           MARCO
               This is not the creek that we left
               at the sump.

                           EVAN
               Definitely not.  This is much, much
               bigger.  This is a real river.

                           MARY ANN
               Why are the rocks so black?
                           EVAN
               They are covered with manganese
               dioxide.

                           MARCO
               Black is black,
               I want my baby back.

                           TINA
               Mary Ann, where are you?
               He wants you back.

INT. RIVERBANK ABOVE THE WATERFALL   NIGHT

They advance downstream and arrive to a big waterfall.

INT. RIVERBANK AT THE WATERFALL   NIGHT

Evan and Marco stop briefly just above the waterfall, Tina
and Mary Ann are behind them.  Marco descends along the
fissure on the bank, the others follow.

INT. BELOW THE WATERFALL   NIGHT

They arrive to the bank where further advance along the
shore is no longer possible.

                           EVAN
               Something is wrong.

                           TINA
               What, Evan, could possibly be wrong?

                           EVAN
               The river is too big.

                           MARCO
               A lot bigger than the creek below
               the Little Natural Bridge.

Evan is measuring the temperature.

                           EVAN
               And it is 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

                           MARY ANN
               You mean we are not in the cave
               where we were supposed to exit.
                           EVAN
               Definitely not.  Tina, can you check
               the direction of the stream?

                           TINA
               It is 320 degrees, northwest.

                           MARCO
                      (looking at the
                       compass)
               You bet something is wrong with
               this compass.

                           EVAN
               Give it here, I shall have a look.

Evan is looking at the compass and is tapping on it.

                           EVAN
               It got stuck. Tina, where did you
               keep it?

                           TINA
               In the shafts it was in the bag,
               later I have moved it to my inner
               pocket.

                           MARCO
               The boat survived the fall, the
               needle of the compass got stuck.

Evan has got the compass moving properly again.

                           EVAN
               It is in order again ... it shows
               184 degrees, straight to the south.

                           TINA
               So we were travelling the opposite
               way.

                           MARY ANN
               South, not north.

                           MARCO
               Straight to the Dalmatian coast.

                           MARY ANN
               ... which is submerged by 150
               feet, with underwater caves.

INT. THE RIVER   NIGHT

View from the other side of the river, across the waterfall
and to the four lights below the rocky wall.

INT. BELOW THE WATERFALL   NIGHT

Discussion continues.
                           MARCO
               Every stick has two ends, the good
               one and the bad one.  Which is the
               good one here?

                           EVAN
               That we may finally head back to
               the top.

                           MARY ANN
               That we have discovered the most
               beautiful cave.

                           TINA
               Every cave has a charm of its own,
               but this one is really special.

                           MARCO
               And it's dinnertime!  Let us find
               a suitable beach.

                           TINA
               You and your earthly delights.
               But this time I am hungry alright.

INT. BELOW THE WATERFALL   NIGHT

Evan and Marco inflate the boats and the party departs down
the lake.

INT. ON THE LAKE   NIGHT

The two boats navigate around the bend, away from the
waterfall and towards more calm waters.  They arrive to a
small beach.  Evan and Marco land there, Tina and Mary Ann
are approaching.
                           MARCO
               Would this beach suit you?

                           TINA
               It's nice, but still too much noise
               from the waterfall.

                           EVAN
               OK, Marco, what do you say?

                           MARCO
               Let Mary Ann decide.

                           MARY ANN
               Yes, Tina is right, we can't really
               hear each other here.

INT. IN THE NARROW BAY   NIGHT

They move on into a calmer narrow channel, where the banks
are almost vertical.

                           MARCO
               Something else is wrong, Evan.

                           TINA
               Don't say your boat leaks.

                           MARCO
               No, not much.  But do you feel
               the warmth?

                           MARY ANN
               Yes, the more away from the cascade
               we are the warmer it gets.

                           EVAN
                      (checking the
                       temperature)
               It is 63 degrees now.

                           TINA
               Let us find the warmest place.

INT. ALONG THE SANDY SHORE   NIGHT

The boats pass a lake with a sandy beach.
INT. THE ROCKY CHANNEL   NIGHT

The boats are in a narrow channel, they stop at the side.

                           EVAN
               Here it is 68 degrees.

                           TINA
               Nice, let us move on.

INT. THE ROUND HALL   NIGHT

They arrive into a round hall with vertical walls.  On the
left side there is a rocky outcrop.

                           MARCO
               Taste the water.

                           TINA
               It is salty.

                           EVAN
               And 73 degrees Fahrenheit.

                           MARCO
               Obviously this is a blind alley,
               the stream would be much cooler.

                           MARY ANN
               But we have reached the sea.

                           TINA
               What a pity the coast is
               submerged by so much.

                           MARCO
               Let us check the walls.

INT. THE ROUND HALL   NIGHT

Evan paddles slowly along the rim of the hall, while Marco
is checking the lake banks with an underwater torch.

INT. THE ROUND HALL   NIGHT

Evan and Marco arrive to a rocky outcrop.  Tina and Mary Ann
have tied their boat to the rock and are sitting on a ledge.
                           TINA
               How does it look?

                           EVAN
               Bleak.  The walls are going
               straight down.  In places the
               bottom is visible.

                           MARCO
               Could we set the tent up there?

                           MARY ANN
               It would be difficult, the place
               is scarce, and it is too rugged.

                           EVAN
               OK.  There are better places
               upstream.

                           MARCO
               Before we return, I would like to
               make one last check, under water.

                           TINA
               Marco, you nearly killed yourself
               once, don't try your luck too often.

                           MARY ANN
               Do you promise not to go too deep?

                           MARCO
               I do.

INT. ROCKY OUTCROP   NIGHT

Marco takes his clothes off and plunges into the water.

                           MARCO
               Don't stare at me.  Look elsewhere.

                           TINA
               How could we.  We don't have a
               Chippendale in a cave every day.

INT. THE ROUND HALL   NIGHT

Marco is swimming around the rim of the hall looking down
with an underwater torch.  He takes a dive, but his light is
still visible.
INT. THE ROUND HALL   NIGHT

Marco reappears on the surface and steps on a natural bridge
in the middle of the lake.  He takes a deep breath and makes
another dive.  This time his light disappears.

                           TINA
               This guy is really crazy.  Evan,
               how could you let him go.

                           MARY ANN
                      (praying)
               Saint Barbara and Saint Neptune,
               please bring him back.

                           EVAN
               He is not stupid.  He will be back.

INT. THE ROUND HALL   NIGHT

Marco reappears on the surface, breathing deeply and swims
to the rocky outcrop.  He climbs out of the water.

                           MARCO
               Nice bottom.  There is a natural
               bridge below and a lot of black fish.

                           TINA
               Forget about the fish.  Is there
               a passage?

                           MARCO
               Yes.  With scuba gear it would
               be a piece of cake to get thru.

                           EVAN
               Well done, Marco.  Next time we
               shall bring the heavy hardware.

                           MARY ANN
                      (rubbing him with
                       a small tablecloth)
               You are shivering.  Dress yourself.

INT. THE ROUND HALL   NIGHT

The two boats depart.
                           MARY ANN
               So long, deep sea.

                           TINA
               Bye, bye.

INT. THE BEACH   NIGHT

Evan and Marco land and help Tina and Mary Ann get out of
the water.  They set the tent up and prepare the sleeping bags.

INT. THE BEACH   NIGHT

The party at dinner. Evan and Marco, Tina and Mary Ann are
eating vegetable soup with bread from two aluminum dishes.

                           TINA
               Not such a feast as you two have
               made, but the best we could muster.

                           MARCO
               Not bad, Mary Ann obviously added
               taste to your experience.

                           MARY ANN
               Don't tease her, Marco.

                           EVAN
               All I can say - it is edible.

INT. IN THE TENT   NIGHT

They move into the sleeping bags, stretched on sleeping pads.
Evan is on the left side, next to Tina, followed by Marko and
Mary Ann at the end.

                           EVAN
               Good night everybody.

                           MARCO
               Treeleelee, treeleelee, good night
               and sleep well.

                           TINA
               Good night, Evan and sweet dreams,
               you two little pigeons.

                           MARY ANN
                      (giggling)
               Good night.

INT. IN THE TENT   NIGHT

It is time to wake up.  Evan, already seated, turns his LED
torch on, but turns it into the wall of the tent to make the
light softer.  Tina lifts her head.  They whisper.

                           TINA
               Is it morning already?

                           EVAN
               I can not sleep anymore, so it is
               very likely day.

                           TINA
               It's been a hard day's night.
               Do you feel every bone as I do?
               ... Pass me the torch.

                           EVAN
               I am fine.  Here it is.

                           TINA
                      (illuminating
                       the pile
                       beside her)
               Look, look, what we have here.
               I would bet there were two
               sleeping bags last night.

                           EVAN
               They still are, only one is empty.

INT. THE BEACH   NIGHT

They seat on the sides of the boat tubes, sip tea and eat
biscuits.
                           TINA
               It will be a long ride, and
               upstream.

                           MARY ANN
               There were no strong currents,
               it should not be too hard.
                           EVAN
               You shall see, Tina, going back
               is always easier, we know the way.

                           TINA
               I am not stupid.  It will go fast
               alright, until we hit the shafts.

                           MARCO
               Yes, yes, shafts are slow upwards.
               Can we ride down to the sea again?

                           TINA
               Save your breath for return.
               I am not going.

                           EVAN
               I agree with Tina.  It is of no use.

                           MARCO
               Mary Ann, come with me ...

                           MARY ANN
               OK.  We shall be back soon.

INT. PASSAGE TO THE ROUND HALL   DAY

Marco and Mary Ann paddle from the passage into the hall,
straight into the light, shining from the bottom of the lake.

INT. ROUND HALL   DAY

They stop at the rocky outcrop.

                           MARY ANN
                      (hugs Marco)
               Marco, how did you know?

                           MARCO
               I was not sure.  I dived below the
               wall and I saw light above me, on
               the surface.

                           MARY ANN
               What was it?

                           MARCO
               I thought it was the glowing
               plankton but now I guess it was
               the moon.

                           MARY ANN
               Will you try to get thru now?

                           MARCO
               Yes, it is not deep.  Come with me.

INT. ROCKY OUTCROP   DAY

Marco and Mary Ann tie the boat to the rocky outcrop, climb
on it and leave their clothes there.  They plunge into the
water.

INT. ROUND HALL   DAY

Marco and Mary Ann swim on the surface before diving.

                           MARCO
               Are you able to look under water?

                           MARY ANN
               I have never tried.

                           MARCO
               Do it, if you can.  If not,
               just swim and I will direct you.

INT. BELOW THE WALL   DAY

Marco and Mary Ann dive in.  They swim under water through
the passage and up to the surface.

EXT. CAVE OPENING AT SEA   DAY

Mary Ann and Marco pop out of the water, into a sunny day,
below a mighty stone arch of a coast cavern.

                           MARCO
               Yoohoo!

                           MARY ANN
               What a lovely day!

EXT. THE SEA   DAY

A view of the sea with an open, empty horizon.

EXT. THE SEA   DAY

Seagull in flight.

EXT. ROCKY PIER AT SEA   DAY

Mary Ann and Marco are in the water, close to a rocky pier on
the other side of the opening.

                           MARCO
               Mary Ann, will you marry me?

                           MARY ANN
               Well, it is all so fast.  Aren't
               you just overtaken by the moment?
               By us as we are?

                           MARCO
               No, no, I am dead serious.  And
               I had a vision when I fell.

                           MARY ANN
               What vision?

                           MARCO
               Of you, of me and of a little girl.

                           MARY ANN
               We had a little girl?

                           MARCO
               Yes, and she was as cute as you are.

                           MARY ANN
                      (hugs him and
                       gives him a kiss)
               Close your eyes.

INT. THE BEACH   NIGHT

Evan and Tina are waiting for Marco and Mary Ann.

                           TINA
               It is quite some time since they
               left.  What if they are in trouble?

                           EVAN
               I don't think so.  But let us check.

EXT. ROCKY PIER AT SEA   DAY

Marco is swimming to Mary Ann with a cord in his hand.

                           MARCO
               The cord is fixed in the cave.  Tie
               it to the rock and I will bring the
               bags over.

                           MARY ANN
               OK, but I am going with you. I don't
               want to stay here alone, like this.

INT. ROUND HALL   DAY

Marco is passing Mary Ann the two bags, wrapped in green
plastic garbage bags, sealed with a small cord on top.  Oars
are tied to the second bag.  Mary Ann attaches the bags to
the cord by carabiners.  Marco joins her in the water.

                           MARY ANN
               Why are they so heavy?

                           MARCO
               I have added some rocks so that
               they will not escape up.

INT. BELOW THE WALL   DAY

Marco and Mary Ann are pulling the two bags along the cord
to the other, sea side.

EXT. ROCKY PIER AT SEA   DAY

Marco climbs out of the water, Mary Ann passes him the two
bags.

                           MARCO
               Now you can dress yourself.
               I am going to fetch Evan and Tina.
                           MARY ANN
               Take care.  I don't want to lose
               you now.

INT. PASSAGE TO THE ROUND HALL   DAY

Evan and Tina paddle from the passage into the hall, full of
silver light, just as Marco pops out of the water.

                           TINA
               What a light!

                           MARCO
               Welcome at sea.

                           TINA
               Where is Mary Ann?

                           MARCO
               On the other side.

                           EVAN
               And the ropeway?  For safety and
               for the bags?

                           MARCO
               Yes, it works fine, you just have
               to add some rocks in the bags.

                           TINA
               Is it a long way to swim?

                           MARCO
               No, just thirty feet or so.

                           EVAN
               OK.  Let us pack the boat.

EXT. THE SEA   DAY

Mary Ann is sitting on the rocky pier, in a white T-shirt.
Marco, in white boxer shorts, is standing just above the
water.  Tina pops out of the water, followed by Evan.  They
swim to the pier.

                           MARY ANN
               Hi, Tina.
                           TINA
               Hi, my cousin.  Nice to see you
               again.

                           EVAN
               The bags are attached to the
               end of the cord.

                           MARCO
               OK.  I will pull them out.

EXT. THE SEA   DAY

Marco and Mary Ann are in one boat, Evan and Tina in the
other.  They are about to depart.

                           TINA
               Marco, you get a kiss.  I never
               believed it would be a one way ride.

                           EVAN
               He probably got one already, from
               Mary Ann.

                           MARY ANN
               And if he did.  It was well
               deserved.

                           MARCO
               Evan, thank you for the invitation.
               I enjoyed every bit of the trip.

                           TINA
               Lucky you, you have found each
               other, you two little pigeons.

EXT. THE SEA   DAY

The two boats depart and slowly disappear on the horizon.

EXT. MEADOW   DAY

Mary Ann, Eva and Lanco beside her, Marco is lying on a
blanket watching them.

                           LANCO
               And what happened next?

                           MARY ANN
                      (hugging the kids)
               What happened next?  Nothing
               spectacular, just the lovely
               two of you.

Aerial view of the meadow, the forest and the hilly
landscape.

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