Below are brief biographies of some of the more notable characters from the novel. 

Charlotte - Charlotte is a fictional character created to tell the story of the convicts who were sent to North America by the French to help populate their struggling settlements. For many it was a nightmarish experience and their lives were short, but for some it was the best thing that ever happened to them. In the New World some of these former criminals found fresh starts and built lives for themselves that would not have been possible in France.

Toussaint - Toussaint is a fictional character created to give voice to the thousands of African slaves sent to North America by the French. Part of Toussaint's purpose in my story is to illustrate the fact that under the French Slave Code of the 18th century African slaves were in many instances allowed to earn wages and buy their freedom. Many African slaves became "Free Men of Color" like the character Toussaint.

Marie and DeGraff - Marie and her husband Degraff are based on actual characters who are known to have existed. The details of Marie's life after her husband's death in my novel are an invention. In truth little historical mention is made of Marie after her husband's death. In my novel Marie represents a group of young women sent to North America from the orphanages of France to entice French men to take French wives instead of abandoning the settlements in favor of living with Native American women in their villages. These young women were known as; fille à la casette in truth Marie was probably a convict like Charlotte because the first orphan girls did not arrive in Louisiana until after she had married her husband.

La'Havre - La'Havre is based on a folktale about a sixteen year old boy who survives the battle of Chocolissa and leads a group of soldiers to safety. In the folktale the boy is called Voison. This tale was very popular throughout French Louisiana but the truth or fiction of it cannot be confirmed. In the official records of the battle no mention of the boy is made however this does not necessarily mean the legend is untrue. If Voison did actually exist there is no way to know where he came from or where he went after the battle. I used this folktale as the inspiration for La'Havre; the details of his life in my novel are a work of fiction.

Michelle and her son Jean - Michelle and Jean provide companions for Charlotte and La'Havre. They are illustrations of the unfortunate attitude many French soldiers had towards individuals born in North America. Many soldiers toyed with the young women of the settlements believing them to be beneath them as a social class. This attitude was reinforced by French society in general. By the mid-eighteenth century  it was not uncommon for Colonial French families to guard their daughters from the soldiers born in France and sent to protect their settlements.

François Marie Bissot, Sieur de Vincennes - Vincennes, his father, his wife, their two children, and his in-laws were all real people. I have done my best to accurately portray the events of their lives but, the subtle details of these events are my own inventions. Much of the framework of the story is built around the historic record of Vincennes' life. 

Jarrod - Jarrod is based on the real blacksmith first sent to serve the Wea village of Ouiatenon. The real blacksmith, Jean Richard, married a Wea woman with whom he had three children. Because I changed so many details of his life I did not use his name. The fact is, there was a blacksmith at Ouiatenon from the beginning of the post and he did raise a family there, all the details about the blacksmith in my novel are my own invention.

Sans Chagrin - Sans Chagrin, whose French name loosely translates to English as "Without Shame" or "No Fear", and his father are fictional characters. They represent all that is and was wonderful about Native American culture. The innocents, magic, and connection to the natural world that characterize Sans Chagrin  provide the sub-plot to my novel. Along with being a story about French settlement of the Wabash, Ouabache is also a timeless coming of age story.

Memeskia - Memiska was a real person who makes a brief appearance in my novel. His purpose in the story is to illustrate the difficult position Native Americans found themselves in as they began to interact with opposing European cultures. Memeskia's appearance in the novel is used as an omen for all the tragedy that would befall Native Americans for generations to come.

Francois de l'Epervanche de Villemure - Villemure was a real person who did command at Post Ouiatenon but may not have known Vincennes. I found sources stating that Vincennes left the post under the watch of a licensed French trader named Simon Reaume. In my novel I portray the post as being left under the leadership of Villemure and a team of licensed traders.

Richervilles - The Richervilles were real. They immigrated to Vincennes sometime in the 1730's after the birth of Vincennes' first daughter. Their descendants became prominent families of Vincennes and among Native Americans. Eventually the family changed the spelling and pronunciation of their name to Richardville to accommodate their English speaking neighbors. Many of their descendants still live in Indiana. 

Louis Saint Ange de Bellerive - St. Ange, his father  and his brother were all real people. Louis Saint Ange de Bellerive was the last French Commandant of any post in the Wabash Valley.