My main characters, and many of the supporting characters are just folks, the people of everyday life. So, while they have motivations and agendas, those are generally benign and positive, though they may negatively affect others. I'm saying that they are the people I know and have known in their general character and personalities; and they are therefore good people, real life people. They are not tarnished heroes and people of hidden and lower motives.
- Shane Amundsen: Midwestern woman from Missouri in her early thirties; horse woman; history teacher; proficient with the cavalry saber (sabre) as a martial art related to her interest in horses; Catholic; politically Conservative; Caucasian (Irish, English, Norwegian, Osage Indian); best friend of Duane Jefferson.
- Duane Jefferson: landscaper; folksinger/songwriter; writer; proficient in Western Action shooting, related to his historical interests; blogger; Christian; politically Conservative; Shane's best friend; age = early thirties; Caucasian (Scotch-Irish, English, Navajo). Western Action Shooting is a modern competitive sport. Shane is unaware of his Navajo heritage.
- Diane Lawson: unemployed theology professor; Christian; age = 42; very good friend of Shane; Caucasian (English, Irish, French).
- David Davis: retired forester; author; teacher; expert in forests, tracking skills, combat in wooded environments, outdoor survival; age = 55; friend of Shane and Duane; has large network of friends in law enforcement; African American (Nigerian, Cuban, Spanish).
- Richard Amundsen: Shane's father, a farmer/rancher from Missouri.
- Margaret Amundsen: Shane's mother, a knowledgeable and capable farm wife.
- George & Sue (last name not given): Friends of the above characters, who live in Texas and own a ranch, a bar & grill, and a small newspaper.
- Julian Jarvson: A government official and long time acquaintance of several characters, especially Shane Amundsen who has known him since childhood.