Tengo - He is the young son of a black couple who works for a farmer.
Frikkie - He is a young white boy who hopes to one day run the farm for his elderly uncle.
Joseph - He spends a couple of weeks at the farm when he and Tengo are young, tightening the relationship between the two boys.
Elijah - He is a part of a growing movement of students who protest the government, angry at the substandard education the blacks are allowed to have.
Emma - She is an intelligent girl who shares the top spot in class with Tengo.
Selina - She cooks large, delicious meals at the big house but is forced to feed her family porridge with small amounts of meat.
Timothy - He is in charge of taking care of the animals on the farm.
Oom Koos - He is...
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