I really want to write a novel that takes place in the WWII era, but it's still in the planning stages. This is what I have so far: Two German art students, Johannes and Frederich, meet at the Fine Arts Academy in Munich during the 1930s. Johannes is a highly-principled, "art for art's sake" modernist who believes whole-heartedly in free expression. Frederich is less sure of who he wants to be, more inclined to paint what everyone likes. When the Nazis take control of Germany, Frederich finds his art in high demand as he paints a great deal of realistic, Neoclassic pictures featuring Aryan nudes. Johannes, however, holds that it is the artist's job to question authority, paints a variety of modern paintings bluntly against the Reich, and is labeled "Degenerate", which prevents him from getting any kind of job associated with art. He winds up being evicted from his apartment (too proud to get a menial job) and sleeping on his Frederich's couch, with a terrible job waiting tables in a cafe. Frederich's art is placed on the walls of all the highest ranking officials, and despite his personal dislike of the Nazi movement, he finds himself content with his fame and unwilling to risk his career for the higher cause. Johannes, meanwhile, goes into the underground against the SS. I'm kind of stuck there. I don't know exactly what happens after the artist gets evicted. I know I want a romance, probably between Johannes and the daughter of an SS official (one of Frederich's models), and I wanted to incorporate the Entartete Kunst exhibition of 1937 because it's a topic I actually know something about. Thoughts about the plot thus far? Does it sound boring? Unrealistic? Ideas on how I can end it? Thanks for any help.