Craft books describe five main types of conflict in stories: person vs person, person vs nature, person vs supernatural, person vs society, and person vs self. THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST has elements of a number of these, but the main one is person vs self. That’s why I’ve got the bookcover as the image for this post.
During his journey, the Boy must battle his own fears, and his antagonist is an inner bully that says not so encouraging thoughts. Here’s a line from the book after the bully is introduced:
“The boy groaned and flopped onto his back. His only company was a voice in his head—and it was mean.”
If you’ve got an inner bully, this story is for you.