George McCaffrey---George, 44 years old, was a pupil of John Robert Rozanov, the philosopher. After changing from philosophy to history and archaeology, he had entered the museum and archive world but published nothing except A Short History of the Ennistone Museum. He married Stella; their son, Rufus, died in an unexplained "mishap."
Stella McCaffrey--- George's wife.
Brian McCaffrey--- George's brother, age 41.
Gabriel McCaffrey--- Brian's wife.
Adam McCaffrey--- Gabriel and Brian's son, age 8.
Zed--- Adam's small Papillon dog.
Alex McCaffrey--- George and Brian's mother, age 66.
Tom McCaffrey--- Alex's stepson, George and Brian's younger stepbrother, age 20.
John Robert Rozanov--- the philosopher.
Hattie Meynell--- John Robert's granddaughter.
Ruby Doyle--- Alex's long-time maid; a gipsy.
Diane Sedleigh--- George's mistress and Ruby's sister or cousin (no one knows).
Pearl Scotney--- Hattie's maid and companion, also related to Ruby and Diane.