John Avery Whitaker(Whit or Mr. Whitaker) is the proud owner of Whit's End, an ice cream shop and discovery emporium. He lives in a small town in America called Odyssey although he was born in Scotland. Not much is known about Whit's past though it can be assumed that his birth mother died when he was rather young. His father married again and the three of them moved to America. John and his step-mother grew close. So close, that when she lost her sight, it tore him to pieces. When he was asked to read a bible verse at the table, he said he couldn't and ran to his room.