For the Sake of the Children follows Justin Lucas' journey in rallying his small, tightknit town of Moriah to stand up to their ancient foreboding gods – alien beings known as the Architects that are thought to be humanity’s creators. After centuries away, the Architects have returned to our planet and sequestered themselves behind an enormous, mysterious Wall. They demand a child from Moriah be given to them once per year, a child the town never sees again.
Five years after his son Adam is chosen as the annual sacrifice to be sent over the Wall to the Architects, Justin's intuition tells him his daughter Charlotte is going to be next, and he decides once and for all that he cannot let this happen. Over the season, Justin will investigate the truth of the Architects and organize a revolution to defy them. At the same time, we'll see these events through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Charlotte as she navigates normal teen drama and romance with a side dish of existential threat of death. When Charlotte IS chosen to be this year's sacrifice, she and Justin will have to navigate what, if anything, they can do to stop her from being sent over the Wall.
While the show will have lots of mystery to unpack, the podcast will focus first and foremost on the characters' grounded emotional journeys, looking at how the citizens of Moriah mourn their annual loss and what part faith plays in the process. Ultimately, by season's end, Justin and Charlotte will come to find out the truth about the Architects and what happened to Adam, and we'll be as surprised as they are that their mission is much more altruistic than we would have guessed. The children that are being taken from Moriah and other towns across our planet are being transported throughout the stars to be the start of human civilizations on other worlds. The Architects so love their creation, mankind, that they want to spread it all over the universe - and Adam is one of the lucky few who has been chosen to pioneer that.
Though this brings some peace to Justin to know Adam is still out there, it will also push him toward a new goal (for our potential second season): finding Adam and reuniting his family, and it is in the final moments of the first season we realize that the town of Moriah may not even be on Earth, but potentially on one of many alien planets that have been colonized by humanity through the actions of the Architects.
The War of the Worlds meets The Leftovers. Eerie and otherworldly. Intimate, emotionally charged explorations of trauma, of letting go, of moving on, the bonds of family and of kinship, and of looking after and taking care of others despite our differences. A documentation of what people will do when push comes to shove. A showcase of the spectrum of the human experience when pitted against the most primal conflicts - protect your own, or give yourself over to the greater good.