She is a Red Princess and an investigator for the Ministry of Public Security.
He is an American lawyer who is married to Liu Hulan.
Xiao Da / Michael Quon
He is a Chinese American who claims to be in the country finding his Chinese roots.
Tang Wenting / Bill Tang
He is the right hand of Xiao Da. Seen first at an All Patriotic Society meeting in the beginning of the novel, it is clear early on that he is a fanatic follower of Xiao Da.
She is the deceased daughter of Hulan and David.
Vice Minister Zai
He is a father figure to Hulan.
He is an American archaeological student on a fellowship to China as part of the attempt to preserve archaeological sites before the inundation from the Three Gorges Dam.
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