From Jerry Jenkins--
Here’s Dean Koontz’s Classic Story Structure:
1. Plunge your main character into terrible trouble as soon as possible.
The definition of “terrible trouble” differs depending on your genre. For a thriller it may mean your hero is hanging from his fingernails from a railroad trestle. For a cozy romance, it may mean your heroine must choose between two seemingly perfect suitors, each of whom harbors a dark secret.
2. Everything your character does to get out of the trouble makes it only worse.
The complications must be logical and grow increasingly bad until…
3. The lead character’s predicament appears hopeless.
4. Finally, because of what all that conflict has taught your character, he or she rises to the occasion, meets the challenge, battles out of the trouble, accomplishes the quest, or completes the journey.
That’s it, in its simplest form, Dolcelyn. I hope it gives you a place from which to launch.