Cole is a juvenile delinquent who has done bad things like breaking into a hardware store and smashing a witnesses head onto a sidewalk. He is not scared of anything. So when he was banished to an island he burns his shelter and trys to kill a spirit bear. An aggorant boy who refuses to change.
Cole's parole officer who suggests circle justice. He always calls Cole "champ". He accompanies Cole to the island for the second time until he has finished rebuilding the shelter.
Peter witnessed Cole break into the hardware store and told the police. After school that day Cole beat up Peter and smashed his head on the sidewalk. Peter suffered from depression after that. He came to the island after his second suicide attempt and Cole tries to make everything better and to make Peter himself again.
Edwin stays with Cole the second time until he fixes the shelter. Then he constantly comes back with supplys. Edwin teaches Cole ways to release his anger like a soak in the pond, rolling the ancestor rock, and dancing around the fire. He feels like he needs to help Cole succeed because he was sent to the island as a kid.
William is Cole's dad. He is the main cause of all of Cole's anger and hate. William beats him with a belt and when he is finished, he turnes the belt around. He was sued for child abuse but he paid off the judge.
Spirit bear is a bear who defends himself when Cole trys to kill him. Spirit bears are legendary bears who are going extinct. The bear mauled Cole and taught him the beauty of all life.