ERIC - a would-be writer who has been around the world often, sort of a philosopher-poet, a man of the street and the earth.
JOHN - a retured school teacher, eager to find something else to do with the rest of his years, does not quite have the courage.
CHARLES - a railroad steward, knows he missed an opportunity early in life when he chose the security of working for the railroads rather than a life in the world of music.
BENJAMIN - a lawyer, still active in his practice, has been writing letters to public figures for years and is married to Dorothy.
DOROTHY - for years an activist and still out there fighting for causes. She and Ben lost a grown son.
HELEN - a physical therapist, mother and grandmother, who takes each day as a challenge.
EDNA - a music teacher, just overcoming her timidity, daring to accept the romance and adventure that life offers.
JANET - a widow of two years, is at first a recluse, afraid to re-enter life on her own, and later a fine spirited, gracious woman of means.