Troy Stoker, M.D. is a private-practice psychiatrist who lives and works in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is fiercely independent,  and he thrives on helping patients solve their problems and cut through the convoluted healthcare red tape. His honed athletic skills as an avid outdoorsman and past military experiences help him rise to the occasion and bends rules to accomplish what needs to be done that even surprises his best friend, Errol Rivera. Adapting to these new and dangerous situations, he always lands on his feet, and manages to get the gritty jobs done.

Allie Stoker is Troy’s wife. Don’t let her beauty and feminine graces fool you. She can kick almost anyone’s trash on the cross-country ski track or in a hand-t0-hand combat situation.

Errol Rivera, M.D. is a Cuban-born physician who loves his country and has served it honorably for decades. But, there is a lot more to him than meets the eye. And, he is the perfect mentor for the emerging hero, Troy Stoker, M.D.

Ann Higgins runs a successful real estate development firm that that is developing the planned community, Chelsea Crossing. Her husband, Kent, is the lieutenant governor-elect of the state of South Dakota.

The Commander serves the state of South Dakota as a high-power official by day, and directs a criminal underworld by night.

Z has infinite IT skills, and he’s a warrior. But, there’s only a little we know about his troubled past, and he holds back a lot of details—including his name.

Kent Higgins is the governor-elect of South Dakota and Ann Higgins’s husband.

Larry Stintson, M.D. has a reputation as a marginal orthopedic surgeon. Unfortunately, he’s the chairman of the South Dakota Medical Board. In a single moment, his satisfying position of power shifts into a burdensome servitude. As one of the commander’s internal government minions he’s navigating the criminal underworld, and he discovers he likes it. In Stintson’s mind all is not lost. He thinks he’s figured out a way to make his underling status work out in his favor.

Sarah Haslam, M.D. is a psychiatry resident, and her mentoring physicians are threatening to kick her out of the program. A last-ditch effort to save her residency introduces her to Dr. Stoker and an opportunity to learn a few things from a master.

Brian Berg investigates patient complaints for the South Dakota Medical Board

Richard Horton is the governor-elect of South Dakota.

Steve Hewitt is the attorney general-elect of South Dakota.

Allen Miller is the secreatry of state-elect of South Dakota.

Note: All characters fictional. Any references to historical events, real people, or real places are used fictitiously. Other names, characters, places, and events are products of the authors’ imaginations, and any resemblance to actual events or places or persons living or dead is entirely coincidental.