I'm struggling with the plot of my book. Here it is: Everything was fine with AC growing up until his mother died. Then, his father became an alcoholic, and eventually ended up abusing the poor boy. AC (Alex is is real name, but nobody ever, ever calls him Alex because his father calls him that), is pulled out of the home by a concerned social worker. Alex is placed in different foster homes until one "Forever Home" is takes him. The mother & father are trying to adopt him. Worried that this might be a trap, and worried about the impending doom of their eldest, Andrew, Alex runs away into the nearby woods, where he gets injured and spends the next several days lost in the woods. Here's what I'm struggling with. - Is it realistic for a fifteen-year-old to survive in the woods? - Would a fifteen-year-old really connect with a twelve-year-old younger sister - enough to tell her details that nobody else would know? If A.C.'s father got out of prison the first night, and there was blood in AC's room, would the police assume kidnapping or would they assume AC ran away? Thank you all sooooo much!