Claire Randall - This character, the protagonist of the novel and a World War II nurse, accidentally travels back in time to eighteenth-century Scotland.
Jamie Fraser - This character marries the protagonist of the novel. This character is a strong, highly competent soldier on the run from the British army and seeking protection with the Mackenzie clan.
Frank Randall - This character is the protagonist's original spouse before the protagonist travels back in time. This character spends much time investigating genealogies---a hobby the protagonist tolerates, but does not share.
Jonathan Randall - This character is the villain of the novel. This character, a leader in the English army, tortures and rapes prisoners before sending them to their deaths.
Colum MacKenzie - This character has a disease making him short in stature and sterile. The other characters in the novel do not expect him to live a normal...
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