Alex Jennings: The story’s protagonist, a 17 year old boy.
Becky Jennings: Alex’s eldest sister, a 22 year old nurse.
Cate Jennings: Alex’s youngest sister and confidant, a 16 year old high school student.
Frank Jennings: Alex’s father, a 45 year old office worker.
Linda Jennings: Alex’s mother, a 42 year old stay at home mom.
Melinda Jennings: Alex’s older sister, a 21 year old college student studying music.
Allison Livermore: A former New Orleans high-class escort. Alex’s 3rd activation. 26 years old. Used to use the name “Amber”.
Anh Ngo: Alex’s 4th activation, a 52 year old Vietnamese grandmother. Alex’s unofficial spiritual guide.
Brooke Knowles: Alex’s 5th activation. A 37 year old emergency medical technician (EMT) in New Orleans.
Gail Sanders: Gay cop that Alex activates after being sent to the hospital.
Jennifer Pickford: A bone cancer victim Alex meets in his hospital tour with Ryan Moore. Alex activates her in the hospital room.
Natalie Mendoza: A 28 year old hotel employee and the first ‘watcher’ that Alex adopted. He pulled her into his group to illustrate to his parents just what he was having to deal with.
Nikki (Nicole) Gordon: A 19-year-old college studenr. Alex’s ‘lost girl’.
Patricia Moore: Alex’s 2nd activation. A 28 year old jazz/blues singer who traditionally tours the south. Currently in New Orleans.
Rebecca Boles: Another of Alex’s adopted ‘watchers’. She was a nurse at the New Orleans hospital Alex went to when he revived a man suffering from a heart attack.
Shaniqua (Shani) Sharp: Alex’s first activation. A 24 year old Jamaican-American Human Resources worker.
Abby Metcalf: Ruby’s 40 year old granddaughter.
Adrian Hart: Famous Action Movie star, getting older and showing his age. Comes to Carbondale for heart surgery because of promises it will help continue his movie career.
Albert Rodriguez: A New Orleans’ Times-Picayune Newspaper Reporter. Wrote some snarky articles about Alex which cast him in an unfavorable light and attracted him unwanted media attention.
Amy Ray: A nineteen-year-old college student from New Orleans who helps Melinda set up a sorority at SIU.
Dr. Alice Lovett: Owner of the Alice Lovett Fertility clinic in St. Louis.Principal Andrew Phillips: The Eldorado high school Principal.
Ashley: A lab tech assistant at the university where Becky works.
Dr. Avers Peterson: Head of Psychological Services at Carbondale Memorial Hospital.
Bao Luong: Anh Ngo’s adult son, a fisherman in Biloxi, Louisiana. Father of Victoria.
Betsy: A waitress at “The Abbey”, a St. Louis lesbian bar.
Beverly (Bev) Kepler: One of Gail’s lesbian girlfriends.
Brandon Jones: Chalise’s older brother, who storms into Alex’s house and attacks him after Darrell mistakenly tells him about Alex.
Carlos Alvarez: A burn victim being treated in the Carbondale Memorial Hospital Emergency room that Alex treats.
Caroline Jones: Mother of both Darrell and Chalise (one of Alex’s potential girlfriends).
Clark Straus: Brooke Knowles’ EMT partner and long time friend.
Clara Thomas: Somewhat unstable woman attracted to Alex in St. Louis.
Cynthia: The EMT who treats Alex after he’s attacked by Brandon.
Daniel Cooper: Officer (good cop) investigating Alex’s attack.
Daniel Cooper: Local Shawneetown police officer. Part of a good cop/bad cop routine.
Darice Chavira: A Hispanic-American ‘watcher’. One of the 3 leaders of the New Orleans ‘watcher’ movement.
David Samuels: One of the 3 leaders of the New Orleans ‘watcher’ movement.
Diane Lane: 20-year-old philosophy/writing/computer design student at SIU.
Dr. Edward Padilla: 56-year-old Chief of the Neurosurgery department at Carbondale Memorial Hospital.
Fredrick: EMT paramedic.
Fredrick Washerstein: Kitty’s father.
Henry Dunn: Patricia Moore’s one time boyfriend/manager. 32 years old.
James Jones: Chalise and Darrell’s oldest brother, a football player for Northeastern University in Chicago. A senior who’s ready to turn Pro after he graduates.
Jessica: A lab tech assistant at the university where Becky works.
Joshua (Josh) Knowles: Brooke’s 11 year old son. Thinks of Alex as his chance to have a real father figure in his life.
Julie Orsini: One of Gail’s lesbian girlfriends.
Kimberly: Young female artist suffering from bipolar disorder.
Martha Washerstein: Kitty’s mother.
Mary Taylor: A MRSA patient in a hospital Alex visits.
Melissa Riedel: A lesbian watcher at “The Abbey” in St. Louis.
Detective Michelle McCallister: A local 38-year-old Eldorado police detective.
Molly Bishop: A law professor at SIU.
Nancy Wilkerson: Alpha-Gamma-Delta women’s fraternity member who questions Alex’s involvement in a sorority.
Mrs. Pearlson: High school crowd control officer (she watches the kids getting on and off the school buses in the parking lot).
Nate: A lab tech assistant at the university lab that Becky works at.
Peter Hammond: A New Orleans barrista and an oddity for Alex and Cate, a male ‘watcher’. Is now one of the 3 leaders of the New Orleans ‘watcher’ movement.
Rakeem Peters: Chicago racketeer with a long criminal history who attacked Alex.
Ricky Atkins: 24-year-old male Schizophrenic being treated at Carbondale Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Robert Palmer: A 43-year-old heart surgeon from Chicago, brought to Carbondale Memorial to perform an ‘experimental’ surgery by Ryan Moore, the hospital’s CEO.
Rodger Jones: Chalise and Brandon’s father, husband to Caroline, who shows up at the hospital after Alex is attacked by his son Brandon.
Ruby Johnson: 92-year-old Alzheimer’s patient from St. Louis.
Dr. Ryan Moore: The head of the Carbondale Memorial Hospital near Alex’s home.
Sara Bronson: One of Gail’s lesbian girlfriends.
Stephanie: 25-year-old female depressive, who is suffering because none of the antidepressants the hospital has tried has yet worked.
Susan: Cancer patient friend of Jennifer’s.
Dr. Tanjay: Nikki’s Psychoanalyst. (Never appears in the story.)
Tim Renolds: Coma patient that Alex revives.
Tina Renolds: Coma patient Tim Renold’s daughter.
Tina Shaw: a twenty-year-old college student of the University of Mississippi, who helped Melinda set up a sorority at SIU.
Tracy Reynolds: Coma patient Tim Renolds’ wife.
Tray (Jackson) Reynolds: Coma patient Tim Renold’s son.
Steve McCullough: An older man who suffered a heart attack and whom Alex revives with Brooke Knowles assistance.
Susan (Suzy) Knowles: Brooke’s youngest daughter, 9 years old. Alex’s youngest ‘watcher’.
Victoria (Vicky) Luong: Anh Ngo’s granddaughter, an 11 year old grade school student. Translated for Anh when she first met Alex. Was the one who called him when Anh was thrown out of the house by her father, Bao.
Mrs. White: The office receptionist at Alex’s high school.
Ai (Akia) Satō: A 16-year-old high school sophomore, Japanese-American lunch mate of Alex’s, whose name means “love song”.
Alice Swinson: Alex’s sometimes lab partner in his Physics class. She was the first girl who appears to have noticed him in his school.
Alex Flores: The ‘other’ Alex. Maria Flores gay brother and Alex’s lunch mate.
Amanda Hodges: 16-year-old student athlete involved with a variety of different sports. Lunchtime companion of Alex’s.
Ashley Milford: The head cheerleader and top of the social elite at Eldorado High.
Betty Taylor: A 15-year-old ‘Watcher’ that was a sophomore at Alex’s high school, unnoticed by him for years.
Brian Simmons: Young 15-year-old transsexual, born Beverly Adams (Simmons is his mother’s name maiden name).
Chalise Jones: One of Alex’s potential girlfriends, a 16-year-old sophomore in Alex’s high school. Alex first became aware of her when her brother, Darrell, threatened him over another girl.
Darrell (Bulldozer) Jones: The brother of Chalise Jones, one of Alex’s potential girlfriends. First met Alex when he threatened him, telling him to keep away from Kitty Washerstein. Alex returned his animosity by asking the girl (Kitty Washerstein) to date him. An 18 year old high school senior and football star.
Jeff: High achieving student that takes offense at Alex and tries to embarrass him.
Jimmy: One of Alex’s best friends.
Julia: School gossip, a 16-year-old girl.
Kevin: One of Alex’s best friends.
Kitty Washerstein: One of Alex’s potential girlfriends, a 17-year-old junior in Alex’s high school and one of his two potential girl friends.
Maria Perez Flores: 17-year-old Hispanic girl, a little shy thing with a cute tinkling little laugh.
Mia Amendez: A 17-year-old Gosh chick lunch mate of Alex’s of Mexican-American descent.
Mike Milquest: Alex’s best friend (from before his trip to New Orleans).
Tony [Sasaki]: A Japanese-American schoolmate of Alex’s. Actively dislikes Alex.
Tyler Cox: 18-year-old school bully.
Vicky Siegel: Cate’s best friend, a 17-year-old high school junior.
Wanda Garrard: A 17-year-old black student Alex befriended during lunch