Dear all, I've had an idea bouncing around in my head for a while, which I really like, although I'm having problems turning it into a workable narrative. The fundamental concept is to tell the tale of a late-17th-century mysterious adventurer through the eyes of a young lad (aged 16-18). I want to tell the story of the mysterious adventurer's pursuit of a MacGuffin, against various enemies, but I don't want to tell it through his eyes/thoughts. Previous versions of the story had the young lad as a standard protagonist, with a textbook hero story-arc, who meets the mysterious adventurer on the way. But I really don't want to write that story. The trouble I'm having is that, while the young lad is, ostensibly, the main character, it is the mysterious adventurer who is really the protagonist. What I'm finding difficult is how to keep this young lad in the story, and I'm worried the reader will not be invested enough if the eyes of the story are not the protagonist's. Does this kind of idea ring any bells with anyone? Any general thoughts on the entire concept would be very, very much appreciated. P.S. I guess this could've gone in 'General Writing' forum rather than 'Plot Development'. My apologies.