THURMOND STOTTLE - 27, a former high school football star who has become an alcoholic gas station attendant. Often recalls his old glories and dreams of being a country-western singer.
GUS GILBERT - 60s, owner/bartender at the Sundowner Recreational Club. Though somewhat cynical and scarred, he has a hidden sentimental streak.
NELLIE BESS POWERS CLARK - 25-26, Thurmond's former high school sweetheart. Though a good person, Nellie Bess is caught in a web of bad circumstances. In desperation she becomes extemely manipulative.
MOON CHILDERS - early to mid 50s, regular and best bud to Gus. A happy-go-lucky typer who lives in the moment.
SHERIFF ROYCE LANDON, JR. - mid 30s, a hotshot rookie sherrif who has succeeded his father. Bad blood between him and both Gus and Thurmond.
MRS. VIDA POWERS - mid to late 50s, mother to Nellie Bess and certified religious nut.