“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, the one I feed the most.” (George Bernard Shaw).
These dogs exist in the river and on the banks. This is the major struggle of civilizations. More importantly it is the daily struggle of your story. Whether we succeed or fail, depends on the dogs we live with and the dogs leading our institutions. Just because the dog is evil, it does not mean that the dog is stupid! Clever dogs lead others to situations unexpected and full of danger. The individuals in the pack cannot ignore signs leading to mischief and vulnerability. Be careful how you feed and how often you eat. Choose your food carefully.
In the end we hope as Charles Dickens hopes “that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune….”