The book is going to be called The Invisible Elephant, hence my username. It's about a married couple whose life slowly falls apart due to their pasts. Just for a better understanding of my question, here's a brief description of the main characters, and then the plot synopsis, then the questions. Thomas "Tom" Gray One of the two main characters, although the book leans more toward him than his wife. He is a 29-year-old attorney, and was born into an alcoholic family, although he had never drank before in his life. Early on in the book, his father, Joe, is killed by a drunk driver who T-bones in at a highway intersection. Seeking to find out who his father really is, he begins spending long hours with his mother and grandmother, both victims of not only Joe's drunken antics, but also Joe's father's. He finds that his grandfather and father were molested and physically and mentally abused by their fathers, and that's why they became alcoholics. He begins distrusting people, but at the same time his wife becomes pregnant, and he is faced with the prospect of bringing a child into his family. Elizabeth "Elie" Gray (nee Harper) One of the two main characters - although the book leans slightly more toward Tom - she is a stunningly beautiful woman who has become increasingly more uptight and easily worried over the years, incredibly insecure due to her father's alcoholism (both her father and Tom's father were drunks) and abuse of her and her mother early in life. For instance, early on in the book, she nearly breaks down because her garden isn't growing as well as it usually does. Tom and her begin having a tough borderline BAD relationship when he discovers that she's been hiding the secrets of his past from him for nearly ten years. However, she becomes pregnant, and they have to shape up before having a kid. Quick outline of book - Tom and Elizabeth are introduced as characters. - We learn more about them. - At their anniversary dinner (which takes place the night of the morning in which the story starts), Tom gets a call that his father has died. - He wants to know who his father is, so he begins talking to his mother constantly, her telling him stories about their past. She reveals that her husband's father molested him etc. (as I said before) and he becomes distrusting. - The man who killed his father is sentenced to life in prison. - Elie becomes pregnant. - Tom begins receding, rarely talking to Elie, but still loving her. (six months go by, in which their relationship stays on the rocks) - Tom prosecutes a man who killed his children while drunk. Tom is barely able to finish the trial because it strikes such a chord with him. - Tom nearly breaks down that night, worried that he will "infect" his child with his problems. He goes out and becomes drunk himself (despite never have drank before in his life), hitting rock bottom that night. - Tom's wife, mom, and grandma have a family meeting with him because they don't think he's an alcoholic but they know he needs help... he has a huge revelation with them because they talk together for hours and he finally realizes that each of them can actually help him with his problems. (Two months go by, in which Tom and Elie's relationship heals greatly) - Elie has the baby. - Two weeks after the baby is born, Tom prosecutes a man who robbed a local bank of 50k. The man said he hid the money but he won't tell where. - Elie is shot and killed when a friend of the man's breaks into Tom's house a week after the sentencing, thinking Tom has the money. - The man who killed Elie is caught. - The night of the funeral, Tom is contemplating suicide, but decides against it for his child. He instead falls into a deep sleep, for it is late at night. - He has an extremely vivid dream in which he sees Elie again; they talk for a long while in the spot where they first met (which has become shrouded with fog except for the exact spot) then, after reconciling their problems, she goes back into the fog again, leaving him forever... it's a symbolic way of showing him moving on and finally getting over her while still remembering her in a positive light. QUESTIONS - I'd like for something else big to happen in the book... what? - What sex is their child going to be? I'm leaning toward female, since Tom's female companion has died. - Do I write an epilogue, like a ten years later or something? If I do, the child is going to look exactly like his parent, another reason why I'm leaning toward female. - What do you think of my story, based on this crappy summary? It's 12 AM and I'm tired so I apologize for any grammatical errors, plus I tried to stick to just major plot points, so I left some stuff out. Short summary, huh? Note - I made a lot of the stuff in the middle up just now, because I've only written about thirty pages - the first and last chapter.