Something just occurred to me about my Colonial mystery story: the theme is basically the question: 'what does liberty mean', but the plot of the book seems to be in direct conflict. To sum up: my MC goes to help a deformed outcast rescue a friend of hers who was kidnapped. The theme explores what liberty means to women, the poor, slaves, etc. I'm not sure what a story about a blind tavern kid helping a deformed girl stage a rescue operation has to do with the theme. I'll think on it, but damn, seems kind of off. This raised an interesting question for me, though: should the plot and theme always match up? What happens if they seem to deviate from each other; does that destroy the overall quality of the work? If the plot of your story is about love and redemption, but the plot has the MC rejecting that for the villain, does that work? I suppose there can be inversions of the theme here and there but I'm curious as to your thoughts.