The characters are well developed, believable, and full of secrets. Bod is just like any boy his age; his is curious, likes football, and finds adventure everywhere he goes. Except he can dreamwalk, slip through shadows, and fade from awareness; all powers granted to him by his adoptive family, the ghosts of a graveyard. He is aware of the world he lives in, but intrigued by the mystery of his past, of the world he belongs to. He has a strong connection to his solitary guardian Silas. Although Bod has known Silas his entire life and looks up to him; he senses that Silas holds back and keeps secrets.