Cary Joyce Roberts wasn’t his parents’ ideal of a first child. His mother wanted a daughter; his father wanted none. In typical first-born fashion, he’s protective of his younger siblings, willing to lie for them, prepared to die for them. A choice made to protect them costs him more than most are willing to pay. Just when he thought his sibling’s sins are paid, payback will costs him everything he has.
Maggie Roberts promised herself that she’d never get involved with anyone she worked with, especially after a heartbreaking separation from the one she called her ‘one true love.’ Yet Royce’s stubbornness was the match she needed in an equal, someone who challenged the sterilized ‘news’ and dared to find ways to work around the SIR/SAR notifications that threatened her work. She knows her husband’s secrets, while guarding plenty of her own.
Dale Evan Roberts didn’t fair better in getting his parents’ love any more than his older brother did. Danny does well in staying out of the limelight, doing what is necessary to keep the peace. While he loathes his job and his place in society, Danny believes his time will come to disrupt the ‘current games in play.’ Whether or not he will be forced to choose a side at last, can he do it without losing who he loves most?
Vivian has her own code for doing things, her priorities set with family taking center stage. What Vivian shares from the lectern is often questioned but never censored – yet, and she’ll continue to use the power of words to try and cancel the surrounding chaos. She has no trouble starting an argument with her brother-in-law and she has no qualms in putting her sister-in-law in her place -once the wanderer is found.
The youngest of the Roberts trio, Gail was finally the daughter her mother wanted – only to be abandoned on the steps to be raised by her two older brothers. A sober version of their father, Gail creates storms wherever she goes, even while in hiding. The effects of a series of SIR/SAR notifications bring more chaos than what was seen in the last wars…Was this really what Gail wanted?