Helen Adams - She is a naïve girl who arrives in Vietnam from her home in California.
Linh - He meets Helen through Darrow and works as a bridge between Helen and the Vietnamese.
Sam Darrow - He is a veteran photographer with Life Magazine.
Robert - He begins the story as Helen's boyfriend.
Gary - He is the head of Life's office in Saigon.
MacCrae - He leaves Helen a beaded sheath and the last photo ever taken on his camera.
Michael Adams - He is Helen's brother who died in combat.
SVA - This is the South Vietnamese Army, one of the major fighting forces in the Vietnam war.
NVA - This is the North Vietnamese Army, one of the major fighting forces in the Vietnam war.
U.S. Military - They are omnipresent throughout the story.
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