The main character arriving in the setting is the inciting moment of the story. The story isn't necessarily told from her perspective (it's told in third person), but she is the main character. The only way for the reader to really understand that she's the main character is to be introduced to the story with her. This means that her being introduced to the setting has to be the first event that happens in the story. But, like I said, this is also the inciting event that starts the rising action. I don't want the rising action to start immediately when the story starts, I understand the importance of easing the reader in with the exposition. All of the events have to begin happening when the main character appears, so how can I still have an exposition? Can I combine the rising action and the exposition and get the reader and main character acclimated to the setting while small, subtle plot developing events are taking place, moving the plot along towards bigger, more obvious events?