I'm writing about a fifteen-year-old French girl named Magali, who in the early years of WWII gets involved with an organization that is getting children out of the internment camps set up in France by the Vichy government at the Nazis' behest. (They are getting the kids out legally. There was a brief period when they were allowing that sort of thing, then they started not allowing it, then they started shipping the internees to the death camps...) She accompanies a young woman named Paquerette who transports kids to French homes where they will be taken in; Magali is along to help with the kids, so a larger group can be transported each time. Almost no one has a car at the time, so they travel by train. Sorry 'bout the background, it's necessary to understand what's going on. Here's the thing: a very important part of the plot has to do with Magali screwing up pretty badly. Basically, around the climax, she gets her mentor Paquerette arrested. But I am wondering whether the way it happens is consistent with her actions throughout the book. She has three incidents in which she acts rashly, and it's the third that really blows up in her face. The first time, a farmer is giving P & M & their group of kids a ride on the haywagon behind his tractor, when his tractor breaks down. A jeep full of German soldiers comes down the road and stops by the tractor (not to interrogate or anything, they're off duty, this is the so-called "unoccupied zone"); Paquerette and the kids hide in the hay but Magali, hidden from the soldiers on the other side of the haywagon, jumps down, comes up from behind the jeep pretending to be a passer-by, and charms the soldiers into giving the farmer the fanbelt he needs to fix his tractor, because supposedly she's been walking and needs the farmer to give her a ride. She thinks she's done great, but Paquerette reams her out afterwards because she sees she's not taking seriously how dangerous these guys are. The second time is again with off-duty German soldiers; they're walking through the train station checking out girls, and Magali decides they need to be kept away from the group of five teen girls she's traveling with, a few of whom are Jewish (though they have legal status in France and are not at that point in danger of immediate arrest.) She basically gives them the wink so they come and flirt with her and she leads them away from the group, but she's pretty sheltered and naive to be doing this type of thing and hadn't thought it through, and she gets freaked out when they want her to go to the train station bar and have a drink with them, and hides in the bathrooms to get away. The third time is around a time when the Vichy (that's the French gov't that collaborated with the Nazis) police is getting increasingly repressive. On one of her trips with Paquerette and kids, Magali sees the Vichy police beating a young man in the street. She gets angry and makes a comment about how they're pigs and do the Nazis' work for them. The police turn round and go "Who said that?" and she realizes with horror that here she is with this refugee baby in her arms and they're looking to arrest her, and she melts backward into the crowd--and Paquerette, who also saw the whole thing, steps up and says, "I said it." To protect Magali and the baby. And so they arrest Paquerette instead. I have two problems. One: is that last incident consistent with the others? I think the answer is probably no. The more difficult problem is: how do I have her get Paquerette arrested in a way that *is* consistent with the first two incidents?