Basically, there's a scene in my head that is insisting it's part of a coming-of-age story, but I'm not exactly sure if it is or not. It's basically a boy in his early teens, lost in the wilderness, dressed in a fur tunic (he had been missing for a month or so, and he spent that time learning how to live off the land, etc), armed with a stolen bowie knife and facing down a wolf that is threatening a herd of sheep in some remote farm somewhere in the countryside. (I keep picturing this to be set in the northwestern area of the US, somewhere close to Canada, perhaps?) My Mind: "See? This could be a perfect coming-of-age story! Kid gets lost in the wilderness and learns how to be a man! Oh, and he has dangerous, yet exciting adventures as he makes his long journey back to civilization!" Me: "Uh, what? That could easily just be a simple action-adventure story about a wilderness kid who decides to protect a remote farm for reasons not yet known." My Mind: "No, no see? It IS a coming-of-age! Maybe he's naive in the beginning, falls in love with the ranch girl, then discovers sinister, dishonest people are scheming to get rid of the ranch, and he has to fight back to protect the people he cares about?" Me: "So, instead of telling the ranch girl, 'Hey, can I borrow your cell phone? I need to dial the police and get them to take me home to my parents', he decides to retain his new identity and become sort of a lone warrior for them? How the hell does that make any sense at all?" My Mind: "...He's an orphan?" So, yeah. I have no idea what to make of that idea in my head. What do you define as a coming-of-age story? If I were to make this a coming-of-age story, what would I have to do? Do you think, as I do, that this is just a simple action-adventure story? Thoughts?