There are two main characters, George and Lennie. The latter is simple minded, not knowing his great size and strength that often invites trouble. George, short and dark featured, looks after Lennie, a relationship uncommon for their trade. Most men do not travel together, but George and Lennie look after one another and together share a dream to one day no longer go from ranch to ranch but rather own their own land. The reader gets an intrinsic glance into the relationship of two men, and on a larger scale, the interaction between the men who live on the ranch.