In an unnamed American city during the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, two people meet in a cloud of tear gas and experience love during COVID-19. Devon Amis is a thirty-something Texan and journalist dealing with the emotional fallout of a recent breakup and previous war correspondence. Garrett Robertson is a homeless genderqueer teen and freelance reporter newly emancipated from a cult religious upbringing. They and their fellow freedom fighters (lawyers, medics, and activists) experience right-wing violence, police brutality, autonomous zones, federal crackdowns, and murderous vehicular attacks — all of which combust in one life-altering conflagration on the Fourth of July. Riot Son weaves real-life news events from one turbulent summer with a romance for the ages.
Cover design by Ryan Vance