Jerome Kildee - A reclusive, elderly retired stonemason who lives in a small house built against a redwood tree.
Emma Lou Eppy - A teenage girl who is the only daughter in a large family.
Roger Donald Cabot - A teenage boy who has allowed his dog to chase down harmless forest animals.
Old Grouch - A fat, lazy father raccoon who becomes a fixture in the Kildee house.
Charmine - The posthumous name for Mrs. Grouch, the mother raccoon.
Mama and Papa - A pair of spotted skunks that nest under the floorboards of Kildee's house.
Monarch - An orphaned fawn, rescued by Emma Lou.
The Mountain Lion - A predator who has killed Monarch's mother.
Cilly and Job - The parents of Emma Lou Eppy.
Jim Hinkle - A game warden who looks into Monarch's living conditions.
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