Alois's father and the patriarch of the Taber family. Bastion was devastated when his wife (Alois's mother) died when the children were still young. He has never been the same and is very prone to dark moods, depression, and uncontrollable sobbing.
Alois's older sister, Adelaide, has grown into a drop-dead gorgeous woman. With long, blond hair, ice blue eyes, and always wearing the finest fashions that flatter her body.
She is intelligent, well-spoken, self-assured, and at times manipulative and …