I wonder if anybody here has any ideas about what I can do at the beginning of my story. I have a pretty solid plot overall, which I will try to describe briefly. My story is - essentially - an espionage thriller involving two teams from two opposing countries. Team 1 in country 1 has already started its work, and Team 2 (in country 2) will eventually, later, catch onto them and start countering their actions. The problem I am facing is that within the story it will take Team 2 about a year to start reacting, and before that they will basically not interact with Team 1 at all. I do want the reader to get involved with Team 2 as well, however, and want to have a pretty balanced story, with both teams featuring more or less equally. What can I do? Should I even involve Team 2 at the beginning of the story? I could only have them dealing with routine work, or have them work on old cases, the really exciting stuff would only come later, when it becomes apparent what Team 1 is up to. But I see little use in writing empty filler material. Another issue is that my story is going to be chock-full of characters, and I want to introduce them as gradually as possible so I don't confuse the reader too much. What say you? Or do you need more information?