Hello, everyone, How similar does a plot have to be to another work for it to be considered plagiarism? In my particular instance, I have found that my book idea is very similar to a book that is already out: Lucas by Kevin Brooks. While the beginning is vety dissimilar to what I have written, its the end that I am worried about. At the end of Lucas, a boy gets framed for the vicious assault of a girl, and the town, not knowing he was framed, drives him to suicide by drowning. Well, in my book, the exact same thing happens at the end: a boy is framed for something violent against a girl, then the town drives him to suicide by drowning. I am also worried because the male character has very similar behaviors and overall a similar "Aura" to Brooks' s character Lucas. The only difference is they do not look the same and have different names... I happened to check out Brooks' s book from the library recently and find that this book had so many similar elements in the end it was frightening. There are some minor differences: my character drowns in the ocean, his character drowns in the mud flats of an island. His character is accused of assault, mine is accused of murder, etc. But the overall plot is the same, just not the little details. Does this qualify as plagiarism and should I change it, or should I be fine?