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Who are the main characters in Gary D. Schmidt's Trouble?

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The main character in Trouble is Henry Smith. His comfortable upbringing in Blythbury-by-the-Sea, on the coast of Massachusetts, is disrupted when his older brother Franklin is killed in a road accident while out jogging. In tribute to him, Henry, along with his friend Sanborn Brigham, decides to make good on his brother's last words and climb Mount Katahdin in Maine.

On the way, Henry is reacquainted with the Cambodian immigrant Chay Chouan—the man accused of killing Franklin. It is through him, and through his own sister Louisa, that Henry learns some uncomfortable truths about his family.

At the time of Franklin's death, Chay and Louisa were in a relationship. However, knowing how Franklin felt about immigrants, Louisa kept their relationship secret. On the night of Franklin's death, she was driving Chay's car when she saw Franklin jogging toward them. Frightened that he would see her with Chay, she lost control of the vehicle and hit him. Chay told the police he had been driving the...

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