In summary: My story is a sort of road-trip/investigation sort of story, where my two characters are working to try and track down some kidnapped people and rescue them. The problem I'm finding is that, as connective tissue, this story elemeny is doing very little, and I'm left with a string of try/fail and try/succeed cycles that are all good on their own, but lack any sort of pressure or momentum. There are a couple ideas I've had to fix this or alleviate the issue, but they all have their own unique problems. One: Currently, I have it so that it takes my protagonist a couple of months to find a willing bounty hunter to help her. I can reduce this time to make the inciting incedent more immediate and relevant, but the quicker it is, the less time she will have had to feel the pressure of and adapting to living on her own and handling her family's farm on her own, and the more coincidental and lucky (and therefore suspension breaking) it will be that she finds the perfect person for the job. I could include flashbacks which include her family who were kidnapped, but I have no idea how those would have any bearing on the plot *besides* reminding the reader that they exist. Lastly, I could include cuts to her family in the place where they're kidnapped, but that will require an entire second plot, and would increase the length of the book by at least 50%, which seems a bit like getting a heart transplant to fix high cholesterol. Thoughts?