Yeah, I think you could pull it off. I think it's important that, rather than identifying what doesn't motivate her, you need to identify what does. Since it's not the ideas of mysticism or science, or cultural pride, there has to be something else that pushes her forward. You need to know what that is.
As long as you have that, I have a feeling the rest will be fairly straightforward (well, as straightforward as anything can be in a writer's trade).
edited 26th Oct '11 9:14:25 AM by jagillette