Cool. So what we’ve got with this throughline is a Storymind that’s pushing to get the pirates to find the treasure. But though the purpose of the story is for the pirates to find the treasure, the story itself will actually be largely following the residents of the coastal village. As the story pushes the pirates to find the treasure, there will likely be sword fights, a threat of mutiny, a ship firing cannonballs at the village, villagers fighting back against pirates, etc, for Physical conflict.
The Method the Storymind will use will have to do with Obtaining the cabin boy. I don’t remember if I said I wanted pirates or villagers to be Protagonists, but the pirates were attacking the village to get the boy back. So I guess the pirates are portages. But the as the pirates work to get the boy back in order to find the treasure, there will be villagers threatened, homes razed, traps set, etc.
Meanwhile, the family that takes in the family will be seen as putting others first and this will create advantages for that family. The cabin boy, to return their kindness, will show them where to find bigger fish, how to tie better sailor’s knots, etc. Maybe the family has an easier time of doing things in the village because everyone knows who they are now. Maybe people that support them offer to help fix the family’s roof after a cannonball tears through it.
And as all of that is going on, the Os characters will be driven by a disbelief that looks like distrust. Sure the family brought the cabin boy in in order to help him and aren’t kicking him out, but he was still a pirate. When the wife suspects her silverware may be missing and the cabin boy hears her accuse him to her husband there’s a big fight. Or when the husband suspects the boy is sneaking off at night to give info to the pirates (he’s not), he tails the cabin boy and ends up getting himself captured by a sneaky pirate. When none of the villagers believe that the cabin boy is innocent, he runs away. And when the villagers tell the pirates they don’t have the cabin boy anymore, the pirates distrust the villagers and start an attack.
The solution, then, is faith. When the family has faith that the cabin boy won’t betray them, they are able to let themselves be the bait in a trap that allows the cabin boy to do whatever he needs to send the pirates running.
The pirates fail to obtain the cabin boy meaning the story ends in Failure, but the villagers, and particularly the MC, feel good about their efforts and have no more angst about their problems.