MELTDOWN: Based on True Events
“This affects all of us.”
Meet fifteen-year-old Jill Murphy Long: the neighborhood’s newspaper girl, honor student, and a basketball player. She’s in love with a football player, who will succumb to leukemia. No one suspects their neighbor residing on a sandbar in the Susquehanna River to be the cause of so many cancers and deaths.
The premiere of the movie, The China Syndrome is only twelve days before the accident at Three Mile Island. Most locals go to see the film including Jill and her boyfriend and her neighborhood friends.
For the next five days, the news unravels residents, causing fear, frustration, and distrust. The crisis is over as quickly as it started.
“There were no deaths or release of radiation,” according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. “Go live your lives” was the general sentiment broadcasted by the government and media.
So Jill does; she leaves for the snowy Colorado Rockies to live her dream life filled with writing and skiing. When Ellie does return to her hometown on book tour, she hears of the horrible truths: the death of her neighbors and classmates.
Her brother has suffered a brain tumor and skin cancer. At the age of forty-nine, Ellie is diagnosed with a brain tumor, and then her brother calls with bad news of thryoid cancer.
In the months before her surgery and when she will know if the tumor is cancerous or not, Jill races to find the truth. She and the residents of central Pennsylvania expose what happened at Three Mile Island by comparing and contrasting the aftermath at Chernobyl and Fukushima against what was and wasn’t reported in 1979.
On social media, her students broadcast facts about latent cancers caused by radiation. They also spread the good word about new renewable, safe energy sources. Her students are fierce in their determination since their professor has been affected. Their mission: “Stop nuclear history from repeating.”
They call musicians, who had performed at the first “NO Nukes” concert in 1979. They also invite Hollywood stars with a personal affinity to their efforts.
One year later on the National Mall, the second “NO Nukes” concert is held. During the Cherry Blossom Festival, survivors from Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima arrive in Washington, D.C. on crutches, in wheelchairs, and carrying oxygen along with 240,000 protestors.
Musicians and actors, who are passionate about keeping the earth “green” are also in attendance.
In the final scene, a teen at the concert receives a text from a friend in Seoul, Korea. She clicks on the short video and witnesses what could happen next if nuclear power continues…