The cast list is growing. Starting with a few names and not much in the way of personalities, getting to know the characters means beginning to see what plot lines might develop and how they will play out.
Nolan Graves, the “Baron.” – Complex, insightful and generally forward-looking. Can be charitable, also ruthless when necessary. His is one of the more hospitable baronies, but he still makes all the decisions, is a benevolent dictator.
Matt and Gail Dennison – married, two children, another possibly on the way. In big financial trouble with no way out. Gail’s the dominant one, the decision-maker, the reason they apply to live in Graves’ barony, and the catalyst for violence down the line.
Jory Dennison – Eight-years-old. The storm center for the family’s conflicts.
Ira Graves – former convict, served his sentence on lease, adopted by Graves, and serves as his personal secretary. Totally devoted to Graves.
Rachel Lin – Does applicant interviews, background checks, helps new residents settle their outside affairs. Liason between Graves and single female residents.
Andy Martin – Newly purchased convict. College student sentenced to life without parole. Participant in “prank” home invasion gone wrong.
Larkin (Lark) Onetti – head of nearby barony where Matt goes for help when Gail wants to get out of their contract with Graves. Member, along with Graves, of loose confederation designed to avoid violence between baronies.
Assorted minor (so far) characters.