Here's a look at my writing process -- and early summary-draft of Planting Life.
After a tsunami destroys eir family and village, Lefeng meets Chestef and Paiokp in another heavily damanged village. With no where to go, ey suggests they start a new family. The three travel to a large village where they find others who are willing to join their family. The would-be-family petitions the council and priests for recognition of their family status.
The priests and council require them to prove themselves by finding or building a family compound and establishing themselves in a trade. They start building a new home on the land that belonged to Chotaikytsai's family. They also begin trying to find some trade that they can take up. The village already has family's filling most common trades and they all have different skills and backgrounds.
Their attempt to form a new family is not universally supported. Enemies try to sabotage them both their direct attacks and political/social maneuvering. The proto-family's chosen elder is granted the right to observe the council by not speak on it. The council is a conservative one that dislikes change and as such is not happy with the idea of a new family. Only the support of one of the priests keeps their efforts from being shut down entirely.
They manage to find a trade that suites them and build a place in the social fabric of the village. Their enemies overreach and expose themselves, but also destroy the home the family worked so hard to build. They have the support of the priesthood, their fate rests on a vote of the village council. Fearing the vote will go against them, they consider alternatives, including going back to where Lefeng's village was and rebuild above the highwater line. They could find other families, displaced or damaged by the wave, and together begin a new village. How does the vote go?