Daniel is a 12-year-old African-American boy that stayed in the cabin next to Watson's at Shadow Lake. His last name is not mentioned. Jessi becomes friends with him and gives him dancing lessons. He has an 8-year-old sister named Bridget. He lives in Boston, likes basketball, doesn't like to read, and has a girlfriend named Carol.
Jessi is initially interested in him, but although she likes him as a person she discovers they don't have much in common, and realizes Quint Walter means more to her than she realized. Daniel responds that he never meant for her to think he wanted to be her boyfriend, but just wanted to be her friend.