Ok, this is my first crack at a novel. I got the basic plot outline figured out. I'm having trouble figuring out how to fill the large gaps in the story. In severely condensed format: Five years ago, David Delgado got into a car accident while driving drunk. This accident killed his son, Stephen. After his wife left him, he is put in a mental hospital after kidnapping a boy he believed to be his dead son. Since he never saw the body, he is unconvinced of the death. Flashforward to the present: We meet main characrers Joey, Robby, and Tory. Joey and Robby are orphans who have come to be like brothers to each other. Joey coached Robby and helped him win the state's Mathematics Bee. When this story is covered on the news, David sees it and becomes convinced that Robby is his son. He breaks out of the institution and goes to get his son and make Restitution for not being there.(Restitution being the novel's tenative title) After a violent confrontation, the 3 main protagonists flee in Joey's car. The majority of the novel is basically a thriller with David chasing the three of them, and killing anybody who gets in his way. The novel climaxes when the three run out of gas in the city and David chases them to an abandoned building. After throwing Tory down the stairs, he corners Joey and Robby in an abandoned room on the top floor of the building. Tory gets up and ascends the stairs to the top slowly. Robby gives up running and decides to let David be his father so nobody else will get hurt. He convinces David to let Joey live and be a part of his life. As Tory slowly ascends the stairs, we see the conversation between Joey/Robby and David. David starts talking strangely and it's at this point we learn that he is a very big pesimist who wishes to provide his son a better life in a better place, not this life. Before Joey and Robby can do anything, he shoved them through the large window in the room to their deaths before behing shot dead by Tory himself. Tory is devestated by the death of his friends but a wise police officer encourages him to become his friends' legacy and help others in their names. Ok, so that's my basic plotline. But I'm having trouble filling in the inbetween of the beginning and the end. I got a few random scenarios drawn out but not enough to create the whole story. So, how is the idea so far and does anybody have any tips for getting passed this blockage I have with creating the rest of the story?