Marmalade is an orange cat with a white triangle at his throat and blue eyes. He was saved as kitten by Hilia Borse from a planned drowning by Pell's father. Hilia then gifted the cat to her best friend Rosemary. He lives with the woman and her child Gillam on a small plot of land with a tidy cabin. When Gillam's father Pell returns, Marmalade seeks to protect himself, Rosemary and Gillam from the man's anger.