The Water Dancer Characters

The main characters in The Water Dancer are Hiram Walker, Howell Walker, Sophia, and Corinne Quinn.

  • Hiram Walker: The novel’s narrator and protagonist, Hiram is a young man who born into slavery on Lockless plantation. After discovering that he possesses the power of Conduction, he becomes an agent of the Underground, helping to free slaves.
  • Howell Walker: Howell is the master of Lockless and Hiram’s father.
  • Sophia: Sophia is an enslaved woman with whom Hiram falls in love, attempts to escape, and eventually raises a child.
  • Corinne Quinn: A wealthy, well-connected woman, Corinne is secretly an agent of the Underground and recruits Hiram for the cause.


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Hiram Walker

Hiram is a young man who was born into bondage on a plantation in Virginia. He has a photographic memory but is unable to remember his mother. Hiram's mother was sold by his father, the plantation owner, to a different plantation when Hiram was nine. When Hiram does access a memory of his mother performing a water dance, he finds that he is able to use the energy generated by this memory to activate a power called “Conduction”—when he comes into contact with water and draws on his memory, he is able to travel from one place to another instantaneously. He uses this power to escape from the plantation and enters the world of the Underground, joining the fight against slavery and attempting to free those left behind at the plantation.

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Howell Walker

Howell is Hiram’s father and the master of Lockless plantation, where Hiram is bound at the beginning of the book. Howell sold Hiram’s mother, Rose, to a different plantation when Hiram was nine years old.


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