MIRIAM CROYDON - an actress and television personality. She is forty-five, beautiful, poised, warm, outgoing and strong. In her private life, as well as in her public life, she is appealing to almost everyone.
JASON - Miriam's teenaged son. He is brilliant, cerebral and physically attractive. Just beneat the controlled exterior, there is a very nervous quality.
CLARENCE - black, handsome, utterly physical, eighteen. Although he is playing "leader," there is a desperate quality about him. He is constantly afraid that Miriam will outwit him. His answer to this problem is violence.
TRUCKER - he is a stocky, almost arrogant Puerto Rican. Although he is part of the gange, he realized that his Hispanicness makes him unique. He is about seventeen.
CROWBAR - white and a loner. He is unique without quite knowing it. He has spent the last seven years (since he was ten) living in abandoned buildings. As a result, he is crudely aloof from all the others.
CLAIRE - Miriam's secretary, confidant and friendly. She is attractive and in her thirties.
GREG - Miriam's current leading man. He is about Miriam's age, conceivably a bit younger. He is modestly handsome, virile and sufficiently rugged that the suggestion of an affair between him and Miriam is believable.