Christopher Johnson McCandless - A young man who tries to please an overbearing father until he discovers skeletons in his father's closet.
Wayne Westerberg - This man does not judge the main individual in this book, making that individual wish his father was more like this man.
Samuel Walter McCandless, Jr. - This self-made individual has a career at NASA and later with Hughes Aircraft . For the first 17 years of this person's present marriage, this individual lived a double life, secretly still married to their first spouse.
Billie McCandless - This mother feels punished alongside her husband when their son leaves town without a word.
Carine McCandless - This younger sibling is the only family member the main individual in this book feels comfortable sharing feelings with.
Jan Burres - This individual is a mother figure who takes a hungry young boy she and her boyfriend meet on the side...
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