Athena Nikos is an orphan. Her parents, a Greek immigrant and a British woman, have died in the past three years. She has an older brother, Alex, who is married and runs the restaurant, and two cousins, Markus and Jason.
She's a college educated woman, with a degree in archaeology and two books on ancient Greek culture, including one on a history of the religion of the Amazons. She earns her keep through writing, museum exhibits and lecture tours. She also owns one third of a family business in her home town of Queen City, the Gold Line Chili restaurant chain.