Let me introduce you to the characters:
- Jack: A Viet Nam vet suffering from PTSD and psychosis. He is homeless, living in a van with a dog. He abandoned his family years ago, and the dog came with him. He grows pot in the abandoned areas of Ft. Ord. He is a neo-Nazi and believes there is no religion higher than the truth. He hallucinates.
- Tracy: Jack's daughter. She is in the final stages of pregnancy. She has a very poor self-image, poor judgment and does not feel secure in her husband's love. She works in the media center at the college that is on Ft. Ord property.
- Will. Her husband. He is a police officer and his force's job includes the Ft. Ord area. He is a Christian (and no, this book is NOT Christian fiction). However, he is the most "together" of all the main characters.
- Angela. A student at the college. An environmentalist, feminist, Goddess worshipper. She works for Tracy and is her friend.