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State of Transgression: The Story of Alphonse LaFleur

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As superstitions and skepticisms peak on the Caribbean island of Santa Cruz, Alphonse Lafleur's birth-defects and years of seclusion only brings about harmful and unconstructive attention from his fellow countrymen. Some even threatens death as they affiliate his condition with evil and rumoring him as devil-possess. Such negative attention is partly responsible for his urgency to flee his birth-town of Java at the age of seventeen, but what is primarily responsible for his hasty escape is his unprecedented demonstration, which some witnesses are labeling as supernatural. A young girl falls from a tree, leaving a stick piercing right through her body, and Alphonse, underneath a bizarrely changing environment and amidst the constant chattering of onlookers, skillfully pulls the stick from the girl, whom some are saying was already dead. Yet, she gets up and moves about as if unscathed by the recent trauma. Moments later, Alphonse informs his mother that an immediate fleeing from the area is his only hope of avoiding the curious fanatics he says will be coming after him. He soon leaves behind both Java and its callous citizens as he disappears into the hilly woodlands, where, unfortunately, he lacks preparation to battle some of the most catastrophic forces, against which he must fight for his very existence. As the unskilled teenager timely adopts the necessary survival techniques to stay alive, he eventually overcomes the dangers of the disastrous jungle only to finally exchange it for the chaotic world of a fast-paced metropolis, where his persecution only worsens. In fact, he is accused of murder, condemned to death and thrown into the care of a corrupt prison-warden whose ambition for exploiting inmates is secretive yet devastating to those under his reign. The years of prison-hardship continues to take its toll on Alphonse, but he takes courage from his belief that God will see him through to the very end- even as he bleeds pints of blood from the wound Hide synopsis

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