How Do I Involve the Main Character in the Plot?

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In my current concept, I have a “steampunk” world that is centered around class-based slave labor, in which “modern” ideologies about freedom either never happened (history splits about 1600-1700 AD) or are severely suppressed by the established powers. As an “extreme” amateur, I do not trust myself to effectively get the story off the ground, and was wondering how to get the story off the ground, without being too cliché, as in “oopsy, this resistance person accidentally lets these incriminating documents fall into the hands of a 15-year-old “Worker” (slave)(the main character),” but does not go beyond my scope of experience in terms of literary/intellectual complexity.

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