There are many different branching characters and story lines in the book "Echo" by Pam Munoz . One character, Friedrich, is the main protagonist of the first section of the book. He is portrayed as wimpy but wants to be greater. A quote from the book in chapter one states, "In a town between the black forest and the Swabian Alps, Friedrich Schmidt stood on the threshold of his half-timbered house, pretending to be brave.” This quote shows that Fredrich doesn’t have a high standard for himself, as it seems like he thinks he isn’t that brave. Another main character, his father, also wants the best for his son, as it states in this quote from chapter 1, “His father stood behind him in the doorway. ‘Son, you know the way. We’ve walked it hundreds of times. Remember, you have as much right to be on the street as the next person.’” From this quote, we can infer that his father wants the best for his son, but he acts like there's something horribly wrong, and to keep a positive state of mind. Both of these characters seem like they actually have something to live for, and aren’t placed into the story to force it to continue.