There's been a nuclear war. The President of the United States survives, and gives a speech to the nation by radio in the aftermath. America needs a hero - and the President chooses to tell America the story of their Vice President, who sacrificed his life to save the President's youngest daughter. It's the details of that story that are hanging me up. I originally came up with the idea a couple months ago, but now that I look back on it, I have some concerns. Here's the gist of it, taken from the speech: At face value, there is nothing factually wrong with this. There is no law prohibiting the POTUS and VP from flying together. In an emergency scenario where every second counts, it is plausible that they may board the same aircraft. Logically, however, it doesn't add up. First of all, one of the reasons the POTUS and VP don't fly together is to ensure continuity of government - surely a nuclear war would be the time to keep that in mind. I think I may have a hard time selling a counter idea to readers. Second, Marine One never flies alone. It's always escorted by two to five "decoy" helicopters. Knowing that, a reader who sees the excerpt quoted above would think "Why didn't he just get in one of the other helicopters?" I really want to keep this story, but I have to find a way to make it work. I'm stumped and am curious what ideas others might have? Here's the basic elements I want to keep: - The Vice President must die - The VP must knowingly act in a way that jeopardizes his own survival while ensuring that of the POTUS's daughter - The situation requires that the VP would have definitely survived if he had acted differently Other than those general ideas, I'm open to any suggestions for how I could modify this scenario in any way.