"Facing a moral choice is perhaps one of the most powerfulconflicts any novel can present. ... For example, what if giving up on reaching a goal would not just be easy but would be rewarded? Worse, what if saving the day means sacrificing something of one's self? Worse still, what if that part of one's self up for offering has been hard won and is of high importance?"
-- Donald Maass (Writing the Breakout Novel, p. 238)