In Dalton, music is eclectic and varied. It has been influenced by the Oglala community of Pine Ridge, the spoken word tradition popular with the rebel groups, and the folk music of the rail riders.
Quinn is a wolf-Mixed Southern rail rider who came to Dalton looking for his missing sister, but is hiding a life-altering secret.
The Citadel uses a variation of the Genext serializing to keep track of the Mixed who live in Dalton. These IDs determine a Mixed's status in Dalton, and are often faked in the runaway and rebel communities to attempt to avoid arrest.
The rail riders make use of the restored train system to travel across the former United States.
Stuart is an anarchist leader who temporarily allied with Anja, but left when he discovered she cared more about his girlfriend Deana than him, and that he was unable to convince her of the necessity of a violent revolt.
Dalton's culture is a mixture of those of its residents. One of the largest minority cultures is Native American, and the Mixed themselves have developed species-specific traditions.
The Sioux community, returning to its traditional ways, has thrived in the new post-war society. However, their success has caused them to be viewed as a threat by Dalton government, and the two communities mutually distrust each other.
The markets are a major center of Dalton life, the source of needed goods people cannot always make for themselves.
Elizabeth Spaulding is the efficient and practical Director of Reconditioning, popular with the humans of Dalton but loathed and feared by the Mixed.
Salvagers who work the car and computer dumps, scrappers have earned their name as much for their violent natures as their work.