CORPORAL MAGGIE HUNTER
As she struggles to maintain a facade, Maggie feels herself becoming lost in the abyss of post traumatic stress disorder. In the battle and evacuation of Chicago, Maggie is awarded a commendation for bravery and eventually a Silver Star. One of the US Military's highest honors. She is then told to leave the country and never return. With her leadership and combat experience, it is clear to her new Canadian comrades that Maggie held a much higher rank than Corporal south of the border. But, no one in the US military wants to talk about it.
Maggie's sister. The two could not be closer. Their parents try to explain Molly and her black skin by saying it happens on occasion with some families. Maggie doesn't buy it but doesn't care either way. Molly embraces her Caribbean looks. Stylish, smart and sexy. She has the reputation for asking the tough questions in engaging interviews on the news show This Week Has Sixty Minutes. In this new and dangerous world, facts, not fluff is the new media king. In Molly's own words: "When the wolves are at the door, no one has time to keep up with the Kardashians."
We all know someone like Brett. He was raised on Country music, hard work and the endless Saskatchewan wheat fields .
He's your best friend. The guy you call upon when you need help. But, life can be cruel to good men. Layoffs, plant closures and hard times have broken his spirit.
"It gets to be where a man stops believing in himself." He comments distantly. Through the years of hard rain that comes with the end of all things, Brett keeps crossing paths with a woman he can't forget; Maggie Hunter.
"That's one hell of a torch you're carrying," A friend observes.
GENERAL JOHN C. BEAURAGARD
The General regards himself as the epitome of the southern gentlemen. Molly remarks to her sister that "he has seen Gone with the Wind waaaaay too many times." Still, the more Molly learns of the General the more she is intrigued by him. He uses the firepower of the 1st armored to travel west and proclaim the New Republic of West Virginia. An independent nation. With the war against the dead straining military resources, only 18 thousand National Guard can be spared to protect Washington. General Beauragard's 63 thousand crack troops has more than just a few people in power nervous. Plus, Beauragard's gross domestic product is on the rise against the faltering United States. The General agrees to appear on Sixty Minutes with Molly Hunter and the verbal sparring begins.
All of his career, Roberts has been a worker ant on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. He is content with his role in the background. Now, with Ottawa surrounded on all sides by overwhelming numbers of the dead, Roberts is thrust into the role of decision maker as the government begins to fall apart. A rumor swirls through the passages of power that a possible military coup is brewing. Tom Roberts realizes how far into uncharted territory he has travelled. As the crisis deepens, he finds his decisions become more and more ruthless. The boy scout has become bloodied.
When Louisville is evacuated, Reverend Isaiah Deacon does as he is ordered and leaves. His parishioners gather at the church in Louisville. waiting for him to tell them what to do. 5 Years after their deaths he travels to Louisville to give each one the Last Rites and a Christian departure from this nightmare world. Slowly, he is washing the blood from his hands one drop at a time.