Lina Vilkas - She and her younger brother, Jonas, are the children of a college professor.
Elena Vilkas - She is Lina's mother.
Jonas Vilkas - He is Lina's younger brother.
Andrius Arvydas - He is a boy a little older than Lina whose mother claims that he is simple-minded in an effort to keep him with her when the men are being taken away.
Kostas Vilkas - He is Lina's father.
Alexandras Lukas - He is a man who is constantly winding his watch.
Miss Grybas - She is a former teacher who is immediately put to work in the beet fields.
Ulyushka - She is an Altaian woman who lives in the shack where Lina and her family are assigned to live.
Nickolai Kretsky - He is a young Russian soldier who torments Lina and her family.
Ona - She is a young woman who...
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