Harmond Wilks—a Pittsburgh real estate developer seeking to revitalize the Hill and become mayor. His desire for success is balanced by his need to preserve his roots.
Mame Wilks—Harmond’s wife and campaign manager. She is the voice of reason for Harmond and is pursuing a prestigious position for herself in the governor’s office.
Roosevelt Hicks—Harmond’s longtime friend. A gambler by nature, Roosevelt has invested everything (literally and figuratively) in Harmond’s plans for the future of the Hill. When not pursuing the next big deal, Roosevelt is a serious golf enthusiast.
Sterling Johnson—an ex-con who once went to school with Harmond and currently works as a contractor. He is no-nonsense and direct.
Joseph Elder Barlow—an elderly man who is disputing the demolition of an old, dilapidated house on the Hill. He speaks both wisely and opaquely, and is familiar with Harmond’s family.