I've found that all three of my main characters have something in common: they all had conflicts with their parents. Character 1's conflict actively plays out in the story, and is the vessel through which the theme is explored. Her father is overprotective to an unreasonable extreme, but rather than challenge him, she silently suffers... Until she meets Character 2, who joined the military to get away from his father, and has yet to return home. He empowers Character 1 to stand up to her father. And then there's Character 3, who didn't have any major conflict with her parents, but identifies Character 1's struggle, and decides to help her. Of course, my characters have more going on than just this. But, it's what ties them together thematically. Still, is this something everyone can relate to? Are there any of you out there who never challenged your parents or can't remember any conflict where you felt they were wrong -- and, if so, how common are you all?