Ann is 28 years old with dirty blond hair and piercing blue eyes.  After the mysterious virus decimated society Ann, along with her husband and daughter, fled to the overgrown woods surrounding an abandoned rural community. Months later, she's alone, struggling to endure and keep her practical disposition, necessary for survival, from splintering.  Any warmth and kindness she once held from her time as a mother and nurse has been lost.  Isolated and fearful of the mysterious infected that lurk beyond the edge of the wood, she's running out of resources. Plagued by memories of what she’s done in the past Ann is physically and mentally trapped.  Somehow she persists, finding the strength and courage necessary to conduct harrowing, physically demanding raids to secure food from the nearby rural community plagued by the infected.  Her ability to survive and her strong façade hide her tortured mental state.  She continually wonders if her being alone in a fractured world is retribution for her past acts. After a chance encounter with Olivia, a teenager, and her wounded stepfather Chris, Ann’s daily existence and her mental state is on one hand supported, and on the other, threatened. 



Chris is wiry and lean after months on the move and sports a months-old dirty beard that makes his 36 years look even older.  Before the virus hit, he was set to marry Olivia’s mother, but when she became infected Chris was forced to put a knife through his fiancées skull.  Hitting the road with Olivia they struggle physically and strive to find a way North to where there may be a sanctuary from the virus.  Attacked along the arduous road Chris succumbs to his injuries and it is the chance encounter with Ann that allows him to recover.  The cup is always half full for Chris who upon recovering begins to plan his and Olivia’s progress North.  Chris takes everything in stride except the haunting memory of his mercy killing.  He doesn’t forget that the those remaining need to remember their own humanity.  He is hopeful even when the world around him doesn’t return the hope. 


17-years-old, Olivia lets her emotions and fears get the best of her.  She’s riddled with insecurity and dread at the thought of being left alone in a world she doesn’t have the maturity to process.  She’s spent horrifying months on the move with Chris whose sheltered her as much as he can.  He’s her security, her stability, and all she’s known since the virus broke. Her youthfulness and naiveté occasionally peek through as she struggles to figure out how she fits in.  After Chris asks Ann to join them on their route North Olivia's fear gets the best of her, controlling her emotions and the lives of those around her.  



A pragmatic man of 30, Jason doesn't say a lot.  He settled down to a life with Ann that didn’t always feel right but was expected after she became pregnant.  His marriage was bound by circumstances and while love once was once there, Ann and Jason often don’t see eye to eye.  When the virus hits, Jason acts decisively, fleeing with his family in tow to the woods surrounding his small hometown.  Protected by isolation, and relying on his boy scout and park service employee background, Jason struggles to teach Ann basic survival skills while keeping his emotional control over a relationship that is starting to crumble.