Ethan O’Connor, a mechanical engineer who grew up and lived in South Dakota. Three months previously he emigrated to Costa Rica and settled down in Quepos, where he befriended Burt. Ethan is down-to-earth, extremely resourceful, and can build just about anything; he is very passionate about flying, loves his own Cessna 182 Skylane, and made his hobby into a profession by setting up a private adventure touring service. He meets Emma and is instantly smitten. When Emma’s cousin Analiese is taken hostage by the ENP, he does not hesitate to accompany her and look out for her safety. He eventually figures out that Analiese’s kidnapping had only been a ruse to take Emma hostage and bribe her father for money. Together, they manage a spectacular jailbreak in Ethan’s makeshift plane he built from garage clutter. They arrive just in time to prevent an assassination planned by the ENP. After this turbulent adventure, he asks Emma if she wants to spend the rest of her life with him. She says yes.
The Spanish Teacher
Emma Baker, daughter of the CEO of British Fruit International, does not enjoy a very warm relationship with her parents. She decided to rely on herself and become a Spanish teacher after studying Social Sciences. Emma is extremely loyal and soft-hearted. Mostly she is easygoing and acts composed and confident, except when someone she loves is in danger. She has a clear outlook on life and knows what she wants. When the ENP contacts her about her cousin Analiese, she does not hesitate to leave immediately for Colombia and deliver the 25,000 pounds ransom. She has a hard time accepting that Analiese used her to bribe money from her father, but when Analiese is in serious danger, she looks out for her and gets her to the hospital. After their adventurous trip, Ethan asks her to spend the rest of his life with her. She answers with a kiss.
The Experienced Friend
Burt Finley, emigrated from Chicago to Quepos fifteen years ago and enjoys a laidback lifestyle on his houseboat. He is a big fan of the Cubs and gets along with Ethan very well, although they are not fans of the same sports team. What no one guesses is that he used to be an MI6 agent who later became the head of security for Sir Alex Baker’s company. When he retired, Sir Alex entrusted him with keeping an eye on his daughter. Burt helps Ethan and Emma escape from the ENP.
The Dangerous Cousin
Analiese Huber, Emma’s cousin who spent lots of summer vacations with her when they were children. Later, they lost contact. She studied Environmental Geosciences emphasizing Environmental Social Issues, where she developed hatred for foreign industries taking advantage of and exploiting developing countries. In her view, Sir Alex Baker’s British Fruits International does exactly this. When she is introduced to Juan Diego and the ENP, she senses the opportunity to actively do something against this injustice. She has a wild romance with the ENP leader Juan Diego. So she helps lure Emma into the claws of the ENP to blackmail money from Baker. Later on, she fails to be as ruthless as expected from a terrorist and also realizes that Emma is very different from her father. This gets her in serious danger; she is hurt very badly by her fellow ENP members, but she survives.
The Radical Hacker
Gerda Muller, studied Computational Sciences, but her main purpose is making quick money from hacking into government computers to help terrorists build their war chests. She introduces Analiese to Juan Diego, using her to lure Emma into a trap. She is very dangerous, calculating, and cold in executing her plans. She even attempts to murder Analiese.
The Ruthless ENP Leader
Juan Diego de Marquez, head of the Colombian ENP, an anarchistic guerrilla leader who has political ambitions. He has a romance with Analiese, but as soon as she is hesitant to act out his plans, he wants to get rid of her.
The Company Boss
Sir Alex Baker, the past CEO of British Fruits International and chairman of the board of directors of BBI. He invested in South America, also working together with the government to thwart terrorism, was knighted for his philanthropic efforts, but is also very ruthless in business. He has been a rather neglectful parent to Emma. He even refuses to pay the ransom to free her, but sends Burt for help.
The Helpful Restaurant Owner
Enrique Rojas, owner of the Dos Locos restaurant Ethan frequents in downtown Quepos, is one of the locals Ethan has befriended. Enrique helps him by driving him to Manuel Antonio Airport. Small role.
The Escape Aid
Armando Santos, a mercenary in Tumaco and an old friend of Burt Finley, helps Ethan and Emma escape to Ecuador. Small role.
The Airport Controller
Sam, an airport controller who Ethan befriended since moving to Quepos. Very small role.