Jack lived in an ordinary town with ordinary people. Nothing spectacular tended to happen, and everyone was peaceful. There hadn't been any trouble for as long as he could remember,and most of the people in the town were peaceful, elderly families.
He was an only child and lived with his parents and grandparents, who never had and reason for adventure and rarely left the town.
Even so, there was always the threat of the far-volcano in the distance erupting. There hadn't been any trouble for decades, until now. The people of the town knew that when the volcano would erupt, the entire town would be destroyed.
Unfortunately for Jack, he was the only one capable of going on the journey. He was chosen to go on the journey alone, which was an entirely new experience for him. He had never been away from home.
Only few knew about the way to keep the volcano from erupting. In the past whenever there were signs of a problem, the youngest, strongest member of the town would be sent to the magical river to get water that would ease the volcano. However, this was rarely nesecary and there were few people in the village who remembered the last person that went on the journey.
His great-grandfather had once gone on the same journey, so jack was given the special bucket that his great-grandfather (whom Jack had never even been aware of before his journey) had once owned. So, with only a bucket and his pet bird to keep him company, he set off to save the town.
The bucket was trusted by his great-grandfather, and even rumored to have special properties that could help adventurers. This had once acted as his great-grandfather's talisman in the past.
With the help of his bird Martin (who would fly above and scout for danger) Jack was finally able to reach the river after traveling through dense and dangerous forests. He went through many trials while traveling, and encountered danger numerous times.
When he came up to the river, he scooped up the magic water with his bucket and began his trek to the dangerous volcano, his supreme ordeal.
His little bird turned out to be more help than he first expected- flying above whenever he needed help.
Although he did not receive any physical treasure from the journey, there was something he did earn. When he returned back to the village, he gained respect from not only his family members, but from the entire town. From then on, he was seen as the savior of the town. Following in his great-grandfather's footsteps, he gained the respect of the town.
Finally, he was able to put out the volcano and save the town. It was a long and hard journey, and he would remember it for the rest of his life.