PREFACE OUTLINE (to familiarize yourself with the characters):

I have important news. I am discontinuing the story "In His Footsteps." Reader response has been low and it has become increasingly difficult to write material for it. Therefore I've decided that I shall discontinue it indefinitely. To replace it, I've got this series, which I've already come up with a bazillion plot lines for—it's all coming more naturally with this story anyhow. This is set in the "next generation" of Terra Nova. We get to meet the children of Mark and Maddy and Skye and Josh all grown up now (teenagers…). And we get some OC's that I've spent a lot of time developing, too! I hope you guys will like this better than the other story I'm replacing.

Initial details: Mark is now forty-two, Maddy is forty. Josh, therefore, is forty-one and Skye is the same age. And Zoe is thirty. We'll see appearances of all the other major characters, too! Terra Nova is still cut off from the future, meaning this new generation of citizens is vital to the colony's success and survival.

This "chapter" that you see here is really just going to introduce you to everyone in a list-format. The NEXT chapter is where the story starts, so if you want to fast-forward, be my guest. I especially want you to get to meet the OC's though, as you will have no frame of reference to go by from the television series.. All the original series' characters are still themselves…just a little more mature. So bear with me and, like I said, feel free to skip ahead now if you don't want to be bothered with boring details, though I advise at least skimming through some of this.

Characters from the Show:

Mark and Maddy Reynolds—Mark is now the rank of Captain, Maddy is the second-in-command at the science facilities (stubborn old Malcolm refuses to retire…)

Josh and Skye Shannon—Josh has since taken over Boylan's bar, what with Boylan retiring now. And he plays music too. Skye is one of the head physicians in the clinic, directly under Elisabeth Shannon.

Jim and Elisabeth Shannon—Jim rose to the rank of second-in-command following Lieutenant Washington's death. He's still the sheriff of Terra Nova. Elisabeth is the doctor in charge of the clinic.

Zoe Shannon—Zoe's working in the clinic, too! She's a doctor, and Skye's right hand, and she has a gentleman suitor, though she's a bit oblivious to this fact…

Nathaniel Taylor (still just as feisty, despite his old age…)—still commander, even as he approaches age seventy…

Guest appearances from Malcolm and others like Curran, Reilly, Dunham, and Boylan! And some creeps from the Badlands will occasionally resurface throughout the story as well…

The OC's (they're important, so pay attention!)

Adelaide Elisabeth Reynolds, age 20. She is the eldest child of Mark and Maddy. She has long, dark hair like her mother and crystal blue eyes like her father. Her skin is tanned and she is slight of build. Adelaide is stubborn but also intensely loyal, and she will do just about anything to protect her family and friends. She is a physician who studied under her grandmother and she's just starting to do independent work. She is very intelligent and quick-thinking, and she's very close with her siblings. She's also a scrappy one, the type of girl you really shouldn't be messing with if you value your health.

Matthew Washington Reynolds, age sixteen. He is the second child of Mark and Maddy. He is the spitting image of his father, and very much like him in personality, too. He is athletic, brave, loyal and very well mannered. He also possesses a good sense of humor. He is also very well-liked by most people in the Terra Nova community. Although he seems to be the perfect son, he's secretly worried that he won't live up to his father's expectations. Just like Mark did, Matt is receiving military training and plans to join the Terra Nova security forces, fighting alongside his father. His main motivations are to make his dad proud (even though Mark is already is proud of his son) and to impress a lovely young lady in the security forces.

Paul James Reynolds, age fourteen. He is the youngest of Mark and Maddy's children, the third child (seeing as Terra Nova has no population control laws). Although fourteen, he is remarkably mature for his age, taking after his mother in fields of intelligence. He is a bit of a loner, but very close to his older brother. Paul is a combination of his parents' best features—the same, strong face of his father, the same blue eyes, but with the gentler, quieter demeanor of his mother. He's an avid bookworm, too, but afraid to stand up for himself. Matt is very protective of Paul, especially when the boy is bullied…

Lauren Deborah Shannon, age sixteen. She is the daughter of Josh and Skye. She looks very much like her mother—same hair color and eyes. She is very musically gifted, like her father. She is quiet and serious, but is close to her cousin Matt. She is sort of 'one-of-the-boys' when it comes to the soldiers, but she's secretly crushing on one of them. She also worries a lot for her future because she is unsure of what she wants to do with her life.

Austin James Shannon, age twelve, Josh and Skye's youngest child and only son. He will be a relatively minor character in the story. He is a typical twelve-year-old boy. He looks a lot like his grandfather did when he was younger. He, like his parents when they were younger, has a tendency to get into trouble a lot, too…

Justine Carlisle, age sixteen. She's a real beauty—short and petite, with long, flowing dark locks and startling green eyes. She is half Irish, half Spanish, and her features are the best combination of both. She's also fluent in English and Spanish, making her one of the rare citizens who can speak a second language. Her father was a soldier who died in a battle shortly after her birth. He was close friends with Mark. Justine is sort of like Taylor's aide-de-camp: very efficient and organized. Her technical rank is Private, although Taylor rarely lets her out of the command center for fear of putting such a young woman in harm's way. She's Matthew's romantic interest and she reciprocates, but both are reluctant to make their friendship awkward…

Corporal Sean Quinn, age twenty-one. He's Adelaide's boyfriend, a corporal who serves under her father (who doesn't hate him as much as Jim hated his daughter's boyfriend). Sean is tall, well-built, courageous and outspoken, with strong morals and a strong sense of justice. He has dark brown eyes and sandy hair, and he is very well-respected by his fellow soldiers and citizens for his loyalty and proper conduct. Mark's even got him pegged for a leadership position eventually.

And rounding out the group are a soldier and a scientist who will be minor characters throughout most of this story:

Private John Kelly, age sixteen. He's a recent enlistee who passed the training courses in record time and found himself assigned to serve under Mark Reynolds. He has blue eyes and dark hair, lean and well-built. He's good friends with the members of his unit, and unbeknownst to him, Lauren has a big crush on him…

Dr. Martin Cossack, age thirty-two. He is a member of the Terra Nova Science Division and he works alongside Maddy and Malcolm. He is five foot six, very intelligent, with reddish-brown hair and hazel colored eyes. He is interested in starting a relationship with Zoe, who is often too consumed with work to take notice…

And, what would a story be without antagonists? You'll soon meet the Dugan family, who seem to have it out for the Reynolds family in particular, due to an old military beef Mr. Dugan has. But more on them later…

So that's it (if you stuck around to read all of that.) Sorry if I bored you but I felt that if you got some insight into the way things are in Terra Nova now, you'd be able to follow the story better. It's a lot of characters to follow but I hope that it'll become clearer as time goes on. The story will be told from the POV's of most of the major character—mostly the 'new generation.' Please proceed to the next chapter for the actual story part…