Basically, I'm writing a SciFi/Western YA novel at the moment where the main character gets transported from Earth to the middle of the desert on the world where he spends most of the book, before he eventually comes back to Earth via a doorway between worlds beneath the mountain called The Infinite Gate. I've got the majority of the plot of the book mapped out but I just need to get him from Point A. to Point B without using the Gate itself (of which the other side on Earth is buried beneath Stonehenge, thus the reason behind Stonehenge's creation), as well as establish his life and a few main characters on Earth ideally very on that will later return to feature further down the line. Basically, I've come up with something where the 'mystical powers' etc behind the creation of the Infinite Gate plucks people at random from Earth once every several years and plunges them to another world, thus that would take my MC (Cullen, 16) from Earth to the alien world which I'm currently calling Dragonfall. However, the situation that Cullen is in before he gets transported to Earth is currently up for grabs depending on what direction I want to take my character and I'm kind of stuck with my choices as I'm attempting to come up with some interesting scenarios that will make the reader care about the character, who lives in London. So I've come up with a few ideas so far: Cullen's in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up getting chased by police officers who think he murdered someone when he stumbled across a dead body, and gets zapped when he is hiding. Could replace police officers/body with random street thugs looking to rob him. Cullen's on the bus on the outskirts of London going over a River when it crashes on his way to school, and he manages to help save his friends but the bus goes off the edge of a bridge before he can get off. Cullen goes with his older foster sister, Renee, to a local nightclub but is too young to get inside so ends up trying to sneak in, walks through a door and ends up in the desert. Cullen is on a school trip somewhere/visiting with family, gets separated, zapped. However, I've been unable to settle on one and would love some help in coming to a decision. The main characters that I'd like to introduce are Cullen's foster sister, Renee, and his friend/future love interest, Harper, so if you can think of any interesting ideas that are better than the ones that I've used here (setting is contemporary modern day London), or help me decide which idea to use, that'd be great. Also, apologies if this is in the wrong forum, I haven't used this site in a while. Any help would be awesome.