I am planning on writing a western that takes place across the American Frontier sometime in the late 1800's. While the story's main theme seems to be revenge, it is really about the relationship that grows between the two main characters. The characters in question are John and Lillie (all names are placeholder names). John is an experienced bounty hunter, outlaw, and drifter; he once had a daughter, but she died (or was murdered), and so he became a 'broken' man; he has worked both for and against the law. Lillie is a young, naive, twelve year old girl whose parents were murdered by a notorious outlaw named Butcher Bill. These two characters team up to track down and exact vengeance on Bill. However, there are a millions way to do this. The biggest thing though is that John and Lillie need each other; John's daughter has been killed, and Lillie reminds John of her; Lillie's parents have been killed, and John is willing to look after her; in this sense, a father-daughter relationship forms between the two characters and it is explored throughout the course of the story. Now, onto the problems: 1. I had though that maybe Butcher Bill killed John's wife and daughter about 3 years ago. This 'broke' him, and he became a ruthless bounty hunter, outlaw, and drifter, doing whatever he could to make cash. He tried to track down Butcher Bill but he failed to. However, when the young Lillie comes into town and panics about her family being murdered by Butcher Bill, it sparks John's interest and he immediately takes it upon himself to help her and renew his search for Bill. 2. I was exploring with the idea that John kidnaps Lillie for some reason. Perhaps she knows where Bill's hideout is and so he needs her to show him so he can exact vengeance on Bill. Although a captive, Lillie doesn't mind coming along because she too wants to see justice be brought to Bill, and because she looks up to John as a sort of Hero. 3. I was also exploring with the fact that maybe John was an outlaw alongside Bill. But then after a turn of events, John vows to help Lillie exact her vengeance on Bill. 4. Then I got the idea that maybe John killed Lillie's parents, but Lillie doesn't know this. John feels bad and so 'adopts' her. John is seeking vengeance on Bill and Lillie tags along. 5. Then there's the idea that John's family just died (housefire?), he's now a bounty hunter, and he feels sorry for Lillie, so he takes her on a journey to help exact vengeance on Butcher Bill. 6. Whatever the case, I like the idea that John and Bill have had encounters before. Whether they were friends, brothers, or John has tried to detain him before - I like that personal grudge between the two. What do you think of these ideas, and what would you change to make them better?