"I'ma risk it." -- Walter Sherman
Walter Sherman gained a reputation as being the go-to guy for tracking down insurgents, deserters and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the Iraq War. Unfortunately, one IED found Walter before he could find it, resulting in severe brain damage with a lasting and unexpected effect: Walter transformed from someone skilled at the standard recovery of people and things in wartime scenarios to someone – something – much more extraordinary: a Finder.
Prior to his accident, Walter was a very serious person, with a strong focus and no sense of humor -- much like his father.
Now, he is very care-free and whimsical. Obsessed with (and extraordinarily gifted at finding things, Walter's mood swings somewhat unpredictably between cheerful optimism and bouts of paranoia. He can also be quite sensitive about delicate questions, but is extremely loyal to his friends and clients, refusing to quit until he's solved his current case.
Walter often thinks 'outside the box' (which outside observers sometimes mistake for mental instability); this unusual approach to investigative work dovetails nicely with his 'finder power', often revealing information that is not readily apparent initially.
Walter's mother was a drunk who left the family for a richer man when Walter was a Freshman in high school. He chose to stay with his father while his older brother Langston Sherman went with her after the divorce one year later.
Walter was a member of the 16th Military Police Brigade, where he reached the rank of Major. He served in Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He received two Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, and a Distinguished Service Cross. After surviving the explosion, he was given an honorable discharge, and his father tried to commit him to a mental hospital, leading to their estrangement.
Leo is Walters best friend, handler, and legal adviser -- and, in dangerous situations, often the 'muscle' of the team. He owns the bar from which Leo and his friends operate.
- Walter is named after the poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892), his mother's wish.