Basie - This American sailor is a player and tries to make money off of the war by trading anything he can.
Father - This a serious man who tries to remain calm in the face of threats to his firm from the Communist Labor Unions, his concern for his work with the British Residents Association, and his fears for his family.
Frank - This character is an American sailor who takes the portholes from beached ships in the river.
Vera Frankel - This character's family fled Poland after Hitler's invasion and now lives with thousands of Jewish refugees in a gloomy district of tenements and faded apartment blocks.
Jim - This character changes from an innocent boy to an experienced man over the course of the novel.
Private Kimura - This Japanese guard at the camp sometimes allows a young boy to wear his armor...
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