Matt is the cook’s assistant aboard the Celestial Marauder, having been sold to Mavra Chan at age nine by his father to pay for the man’s drinking habit. He became close friends with seven-year-old Terinu when the latter was brought aboard by Chan to be trained as a spacer. It was Matt who ensured that Terinu had enough food to eat while the Ferin boy suffered under the tutelage of Brooks. Despite the horrifying circumstances of his life, he still manages to maintain a sunny, positive outlook.
In the current timeline of the story, Matt is seventeen years old. He has shoulder length blond hair and blue eyes.