A burly bartender and biker who lost a brother in the Vietnam War. Prone to visions and nightmares, Briggs often visits Darcy, the local herbalist, for medicinal tinctures. Quiet and laconic by nature, he is no stranger to violence and knows how to subdue unruly drunks. At age fifty, he studies Buddhism and the warrior ethic. In an effort to improve himself spiritually, he’s taken in a young schizophrenic and given her a home.