Danny Hansford is a poor, unmannered young man. His social standing impacts his relationship with other characters. For example, in his relationship with Jim Williams, Jim Williams holds the true power due to his wealth, being exonerated for Danny's murder. His poverty and lack of education is also noticed by love interests, such as Corrine, who see him as lesser.
Danny Hansford is a notorious trouble-maker who is often in trouble with the police. In an encounter with an art student, Corrine, he is described as a "walking streak of sex". His relationship with the prominent Jim Williams also contributes to the culture and mystery of the town, culminating in his eventual murder, which deeply impacts Savannah's community.
Danny was thrown out by his mother due to his issues. He often spent time alone drawing and working on his car. His isolation and desperate desire for attention led him to act out even more, with Jim Williams being the only one to tolerate him. Danny's issues isolated him from most of Savannah's society, and this isolation manifested in his character.