Ayla - The main character of the story, this person lives alone, cast out from his/her group of people.
Jondalar - A young flint knapper who causes everyone who experiences the First Rites with this individual to fall in love.
Thonolan - This person is young and headstrong, once so cheerful, falls in love only to have his/her lover die and lose the will to live and zest for life.
Jetamio - This character dies leaving a mate who seeks to join him/her in the next world.
Serenio - A Sharamudoi who finds the affection, but not love, of a blue-eyed man.
Haduma - An old person who lived to see many generations forward than most people ever do.
Noria - This person received a very special gift from one of the main characters following First Rites.
Whinney - A friend of the outcast...
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