Daniel SaundersA gifted adolescent and the son of Rebbe Saunders. He is trapped between being The Dutiful Son and following his family dynasty and between going after his own goal of becoming a Psychologist. In the end, he goes his own way.
Reuven MaltherThe First-Person Peripheral Narrator. When Danny Saunders hits him in the eye with a baseball, the two of them become unlikely best friends.
Rebbe SaundersThe heir of a dynasty of Hassidic Rebbes. He is apparently cold towards his oldest son, Daniel, as he expects the boy to carry on the legacy and all the weight that entails.
David MaltherA Scholar and Zionist activist, his clash of opinions with the Rebbe threatens Danny and Reuven's friendship.