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I'm a firm believer in working hard on your characters, then your plot will follow. On blank paper/screen write all there is to know about each character. Add as much as you can. You will find your character will grow as you write and possible plot lines will jump up at you.
Somebody has said (probably on this site) that a plot goes like this: He wanted [goal]. So he [action]. But then [conflict], which caused [tension]. So he [action], and [resolution]. Repeat this a bunch of times, and you've got a plot. Of course, if you don't disguise it better than that, your story will be awful. Also, along the way you'll want ...
It sounds as though you have two pieces of the story right now: the premise and the conclusion. In order to come up with a complete plot you will want to come up with one or more developments, plot points that change the direction of the story (in a mystery they would be called "plot twists"). If you're using the common three act structure you will want ...
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