Charles Holloway is an older father who frequently laments his older age and the distance that it creates between he and Will, his almost fourteen year old son. Charles works at the town library where he prefers to be lost in the texts of times past and fantasies. He constantly struggles with growing older and fondly reminisces about his lost youth and lost childhood. Meanwhile, his relationship with Will is often distant - particularly as presented in the beginning of the text. Will, on the other hand, is notably grateful for his father and in awe of what seems to be his father's wisdom and experience.