Hello everybody. I don’t know what it feels like to be the captain of a ship in this situation (or any situation, for that matter), but I did find a published first-hand account of a similar incident. The (hypothetical) article was a sort of memoir, describing the emotional aspects of such an ordeal. We’ll use the following example (from our hypothetical article): “The radio responded only with silence. Surrounded by many crewmen and passengers, I had never felt so alone or isolated in my life. I felt like I had failed them all.” Now, I (the author who’s never been lost at sea) want to write a story about a ship that (you guessed it) gets lost at sea. Of course, I look to the internet for direction, where I find the aforementioned quote. I write: “Captain Bradford, though he was in the company of all his men, felt unbearably isolated. Marooned. His inadequacies were as obvious as medals on his chest and he knew it all too well. His failure to serve his crew was incredibly hard to swallow, and brought with it a feeling that he could only identify as sea sickness.” Now, ignoring the contrived, unedited quotes above… would this example constitute plagiarism? I’ve used an idea -- or rather, an account -- that was clearly the product of somebody else as inspiration for the emotional response of my character. While I haven’t copied any passages or phrases, I have synthesized an idea based on the intellectual work of another. Opinions please. Thanks.