GOD (V.O.) Abraham!
FADE IN: INT. ABRAHAM’S FACE. It is unclear where ABRAHAM is or what time it is.
ABRAHAM I am here.
GOD (V.O.) Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
FADE IN. EXT. FARM LAND, SUNRISE. The sun just cresting the horizon, casting the land in shadows and light. INT. THE FAMILY HOMESTEAD, EARLY MORNING. Abraham rouses ISAAC from his slumber. ISAAC’S POV Abraham motions towards the door.
ABRAHAM Come, my son. God has given unto us a special task.
BACK TO SCENE Isaac is dazed and confused but obediently follows his father. CUT TO: INT. ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER. ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER awakens as they leave the room. ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER’S POV She watches them leaving. BACK TO SCENE We follow her as she collects a bow and arrow and makes her way outside. INT./EXT. HOMESTEAD, EARLY MORNING. We follow Abraham’s daughter as she – EXT. ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER. She watches from behind another tree. EXT. ABRAHAM SPLITTING WOOD. Abraham splits the wood outside the homestead. We follow him over to the donkey and Abraham loads the wood onto its back. CUT TO: EXT. THE TRAVELLING PARTY, EARLY MORNING. Seen from above, Abraham is with Isaac and the donkey. Two servants join him. ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER’S POV They set off into the sun. CUT TO: EXT. ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER She follows at a distance and is slowly dwarfed by the landscape. Three days pass shown through fast-fowarded focus on the sun rising and setting. EXT. ABRAHAM – DAY Abraham lifts up his eyes and sees the place God spoke of. EXT. MORIAN HILL IN THE DISTANCE – DAY A hill with a rocky outcropping. EXT. FOOT OF THE HILL – DAY
ABRAHAM Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
THE SERVANTS The servants accept the donkey’s reins from Abraham and settle down to wait. ISAAC’S POV Abraham takes the wood and gives it to Isaac. Abraham carries a lit torch in one hand and secures a knife in his belt. BACK TO SCENE. The two of them begin towards the hill. CUT TO: EXT. ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER – DAY We follow her as she sneaks by the servants and confidently navigates the rocky lesser paths to avoid getting caught. CUT TO: EXT. ISAAC AND ABRAHAM – DAY As they climb, Isaac takes hold of his father’s hand.
ISAAC My father.
ABRAHAM I am here, my son.
ISAAC Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for our burnt offering?
ABRAHAM (hurriedly) My son, God will provide himself a lamb for our burnt offering.
CUT TO: EXT. ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER – DAY Listening in, Abraham’s daughter frowns. CUT TO: EXT. ROCKY OUTCROPPING – MIDDAY Abraham, holding the knife, stands before Isaac, bound and laying over the wood on an altar. The fire of the torch crackles in the slight wind. ISAAC’S POV The fire’s light reflects off the knife. CUT TO: EXT. ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER BEHIND A ROCK – DAY We can hear her sharp intake of breathe as she surveys the scene. CUT TO: EXT. ABRAHAM – DAY Abraham raises the knife. EXT. ROCKY OUTCROP – DAY An ANGEL of God appears.
ANGEL (cries out) Hark.
ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER (calling out) Stop! (REVEALING HERSELF FROM HER HIDING PLACE)
ANGEL What is your name, child?
ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER I have none.
ANGEL How can this be?
ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER My father never gave me one.
Abraham brandishes the knife towards Isaac.
ISAAC (wails helplessly)
Abraham’s daughter raises her bow, the arrow pointing directly at the Angel.
ANGEL How darest you, child, defy your father?
CUT TO: EXT. RAM CAUGHT IN THICKET – DAY A ram stumbles in the thicket behind the Angel. ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER She aims for the ram. ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER POV She looses the arrow, which we follow until, seconds later, it is buried in the ram’s eye. ANGEL’S POV Abraham’s daughter quickly draws another arrow and points it towards Abraham, shooting the knife out of his hand.
ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER You better let young Isaac go.
ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER’S POV
ANGEL (NODDING AT ABRAHAM) Lay not your hand upon the lad, neither do you any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
Abraham and his daughter work to untie Isaac. They embrace. Abraham collects the ram and they watch it burn.
ANGEL (CONT’D) (to Abraham’s daughter) And for thine bravery, thou name is Yael.