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Captain John Smith was tough, and he looked mean. Samuel was his servant, but grew to like smith over time. Smith saved Samuel's life a couple of times.
Nanontack is an indian who came to live in Jamestown, who used to be a servant to the "great" Powhatan himself, the leader of the clan. He came because the English sent a servant boy to the Powhatan leader. Nanontack also helped Samuel gain the Powhatan language, Alongquain.
The main character of this novel is an English 12 year old boy named Samuel who lived in the time when Jamestown was formed, 1607. Samuel is a "loner" as you would say. He didn't have any parents, they both had died. He was living in he streets of London when he was suddenly whisked away to go help form Jamestown.
Another character, James, came from an orphanage. He went to Jamestown with Samuel and Richard. He is a sad aspect of the book because he doesn't last very long.
Richard and Samuel did not get along very well in the beginning. They were constantly fighting with eachother and Richard kept calling Samuel a "Jail Rat".