Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard is the story of Danny, a young man growing up in the wilderness of the Wintapi forest. Danny lives in a cabin with his father Ross. The two of them share a subsistence lifestyle in which they hunt, trap, and gather their food. Their cabin is situated deep into the land of Mr. Haggin. Mr. Haggin is a rich gentleman landowner who offers odd jobs to Danny and Ross. Red is Mr. Haggin’s Irish setter, and he notices the instant connection between the boy and the dog. After seeing this, Mr. Haggin offers Danny a job training Red for shows. Danny has to work with Mr. Farley who is the trainer of Mr. Haggin’s prize winning dogs. In summary, the minor characters in Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard are Ross, Danny’s father, Mr. Haggin, the well-to-do landowner and Red’s owner, and Mr. Farley, the dog trainer who Danny works with.