A tough, hard working nighthawk, Lucky 7 left town years ago to keep a secret safe for the family, and no one could know anything about it. That's the way the Mob wanted it as part of the deal to keep Lucky's father's name intact and the family still in control of The Emerald Isle Club. Nine years later, like Lazarus returning from the dead, Lucky comes back and his arrival sets off a series of tragic events; but coming back to town may also have given him something else: a second chance at love and the hope of building a home for himself with Julia. Vaguely based on a Philippe Marlowe style character- Lucky's return and quest for the "truth" is really a journey of redemption.
Julia is a young woman who leads a tiny bit of a double life. Soulful and artistic, Julia is as likely to be in a church as she is in a nightclub. She's attracted to the edge Lucky brings to her life, but understands there are consequences because she was once also at rock bottom. She lives a self-realized life, but it is never unchanging or perfect. Left alone at a young age with the death of her parents- the music and structure of the church were something for her to cling onto when times were dark and lonely. Lucky is her pipeline to putting faith in a flesh and blood person again at a personal level and not fearing it will be snatched away from her as it was in the past. Red is her colour- to represent the fire of the spirit that burns within her and helps light the way back home for Lucky.
Her real name is Viviane Lorraine and she just may be Julia's opposite. Her colour will be white - but will shift to red as her character arcs and her true nature is revealed. Julias parents may be dead-but Viviane's wish she were dead-a more tragic fate in a way. Modeled on a classic femme fatale, the nurse might know what's right and what's wrong, but what's wrong tastes oh-so good. She enjoys the sinful pleasures of life in a quest for human contact and a sense of self-worth, but it is twisted around backwards. She is afraid of Andreoli and being abandoned- but she can see nothing else on the horizon. Until Lucky and Julia appear and events unfold that test her inner strength and she finds something within that she thought was lost forever; and nothing Andreoli can threaten to do can take it from her.
Andreoli is a young upstart, ambitious criminal gang leader. Andreoli sees what he wants and will let no one, not even his family stand in the way of him getting what he deserves. Andreoli sees himself as a larger than life figure, a true crime boss in waiting. But he is being used by the new Russian mob figures that want to expand into Lucano's territory and Andreoli is a convenient pipeline and cover for their long term plans. He is the opposite of the cliched mobster who values the family above everything.
The Reverend is a mobster cut from old cloth. Wise and a little weary, Reverend has been around the block more than a few times. He prizes loyalty and trust although he rarely gives it out. Despite suspicions of Lucky's return, they seem to have a mutual respect from years past. Leary of Andreoli's ambition-he suspects a link to Lucano's death but bides his time to wait for the connections to be revealed.
Follows his brothers footsteps-but loses his way back home. Lucky's youngest brother. Frankie felt he could live up to the image of his "dead" brother and fell into a life of crime. He's been stuck there ever since. Addicted to drugs and wounded by Lucky's abandonment, Frankie has little to look forward to, but Lucky's return gets his blood boiling for revenge. He sells him out for money and drugs-and a chance to blow town with his girl Tamara. He is a mirror of Lucky's past as is The Nurse-but his choice leads to a tragic end.
Frankie's girl Tamara is a prostitute. Down on luck and spirit just like Frankie. But she sees a glimmer of hope; maybe Frankie has it in him to turn their lives around. Her quest for revenge will help fuel the storyline in Fallen Angels.
Sneaky and timid, Andreoli #2 is unsure of himself and his place in the world, so he follows his brother's lead without consideration. He is afraid of his own guilt and weakness and reveals the truth, betraying his brother in the end. The Andreoli brothers are a parallel for Lucky and Frankie and the betrayal of trust that occurs between them.
Nicholas is a new world thug working along side Andreoli. He has emigrated to Canada with designs on opening new opportunities for himself and associates back in the Old World (Eastern Europe/Russia). A man of the moment, Andreoli's ambitious plans suit Nicholas' hopes of expansion well.
Lucano is the aging Don of the Hamilton Underworld and Hamilton is his city. Every gambling joint, protection racket, vending machine, strip club and swindle owes Lucano tribute-but his iron grip is slipping. Having worked himself up from nothing as a boy, Lucano takes a long-term view of things. He let Lucky skip town years ago to cover the gambling debt of Lucky's late father (who ran the steel-workers union and helped get the Irish vote out for Lucano's "candidates"). His mob family reflects the old make-up and loyalties of this industrial town that once ran organized crime right across the province.
A fast-talking, fast-swinging, and hard-drinking Irish thug, Harry loves his job and isn't afraid to get very dirty. After coming over from the old country where he ran guns and demanded payment for his IRA brothers, Harry has managed to make a place for himself as Reverend's right hand man.
Alan is Lucky and Frankie's brother and also the Father figure of the brood. Alan is relieved to discover Lucky is alive but knows that his return has wide ranging consequences for the entire family. Owns and operates the Emerald Isle Club with his brother Brian and Brian's wife Sharon. He is the link to their fathers past with Lucano in Hamilton- being the eldest and having moved his way up the union food-chain with the present day steelworkers.
Brian is in some ways Lucky's closest brother. Quiet and simple, Brian has concerned himself with keeping the family going through the tough years. The loss of Lucky and his mother, and in a way, Frankie, has sapped Brian's energy. He sees the mean streets everyday on his beat as a police officer - but still he soldiers on.
Sharon is Lucky's old flame. Devastated at his death and disappearance Sharon found solace in Lucky's family, especially Brian, whom she married. But that love was never a love of passion. Like Brian, Sharon is mostly concerned with fighting through the day and keeping the remnants of the Farley family together. Lucky's reappearance has forced Sharon to examine her life and what she both lost and gave up when Lucky disappeared-and what it might have meant for the future.
Dismayed at the economic and moral troubles his hometown faces, the Preacher seeks to deliver comfort and hope through the word of God and the deeds of good people such as himself and Julia.
Quinn's been shadowing Lucky 7 on and off since he came back to town. Quinn graduated to Detective first class on the Police force while Lucky was gone, and is puzzled by Lucky's sudden re-appearance, and its possible link to recent gang-land slayings in town. Quinn wants Lucky to cough up what he knows while he can still protect him.