'The Passage': 10-year-old Amy Bellafonte is a girl unscathed by the deadliest virus, a ray of hope fighting for survival
Amy comes out unscathed and unaffected by any of the virus' side effects; and this is sets off the sequence of events in the story we will see in the upcoming Fox show.
Fox has decided to shift gears from stereotypical science fiction thrillers, when it comes to its upcoming show, 'The Passage.' Based on a novel trilogy from Patrick Ness, the show mingles science fiction with the supernatural; all set in a dystopian world where natural disasters and ambitious dark masterminds have taken over the planet.
Arriving as a beacon of hope into the plot is "the most important girl", aka Amy Bellafonte, who all of 10, is somehow able to get out of the devious trap weaved by those in power, coming out unscathed. Releasing January 14, 'The Passage' follows Amy's life from its biggest turning point it and that is when she is somehow roped into the mysterious Project Noah. Thereon begins the presumably orphaned Amy's story of a fight for survival to escape her foreseeable future in the project, as she slowly realizes how the fate of the world lies in her hands.
The story starts off with Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), a federal agent who has been given the task of retrieving the young Amy (Saniyya Sidney) after she has been chosen to appear as a test subject for a risky medical trial called Project Noah. The said project here poses a threat in the form of unleashing a deadly apocalypse on the planet and it's, pretty much, a make or break situation.
Turns out, the project's trial going wrong could accidentally create vampire-like superhumans with bloodthirst - an affliction that has already impacted other subjects of the project. But somehow, Amy is still unharmed by the virus or its injection into her system.
Thus starts her tale of survival, as, by this point, Wolgast himself has turned suspicious of the project's danger quotient; starting to see it for the apocalyptic downfall it will eventually lead to. Consequentially, he turned more protective towards the young girl, who had been abandoned by her mother at the age of six. This leads to the two going on the run, trying to save the last ray of hope left for mankind's future, unharmed.
The reason that Amy's survival from this mayhem of a project is phenomenal, is because Project Noah's creator is reveling under absolute certainty that this project is the supreme answer to all of mankind's woes. Yet it proves to be incapable of impacting a 10-year-old child.
As the official website of the book notes, the project's creator himself "believes that the virus, taken from a rare species of South American bat, is the source of the vampire legend. Through its interaction with the immune system, it has the power to fight virtually all diseases and radically lengthen the human life-span—a matter of great interest to the military, which hopes to use it to create a force of super soldiers."
What is to be noted here is the virus Amy was injected with, was a more refined variant of the usual one. "Like the death row inmates—known as the Twelve—she (Amy) acquires a strengthened immune system and extended life-span, but unlike them, she remains otherwise unchanged," says the book's website.
Things turn darker than anticipated, once the virus infiltrates the subjects with monstrous abilities, psychic powers, and bloodthirst, helping all of them break out of confinement and wreak havoc upon all of Northern America. Yet somehow, Amy comes out of this unscathed and unaffected by any of the virus' side effects; and this is, pretty much, what sets off the sequence of events in the story as we will see in the upcoming Fox show.
We are introduced to the young Amy at a time when the twelve subjects are "unleashing death and destruction upon the North American continent." Her story keeps on moving with a little aid from Wolgast as he rescues Amy and "steals her away to the Cascades of Oregon, where the two seek refuge as civilization comes apart." In its own, subtle manner, Amy Bellafonte's story emerges to be one of inspiration, empowerment, and survival, because if the high and mighty of the apocalyptic world can't take down a 10-year-old, maybe not all hope is lost for our ailing planet.