Brian Douglas is a photo-journalist.
An American, Douglas has almost acquired an ex-patriate status in Spain where he makes his home. He speaks and hears the language as a native though reading it still slows him down. He did not set out to be away from his native country as long as he ended up being but life in Spain was invariably good and a man could live comfortably there on the American dollars he earned, if he did not go crazy. To Douglas at the start of the series, crazy would have meant brandy instead of sangria.
Douglas liked to drink. He was good at it. It did not consume his life but it took more than its share of his time. When he was not drinking or thinking of drinking or trying to recover from the previous night's drinking, he took pictures and sold them to magazines and news organizations, mostly in the States. Back there he had an agent who sort of remembered his name and the money that trickled in kept him in the sangria, and once in a blue moon, a shot of brandy.
Douglas, in his mid 30's, had an ex-wife back home that he thought of once in a while and an eye for lovely ladies that more times than he really deserved rewarded him with favors. He was, to give him credit, a decent man who treated his women fondly and fairly but when the inevitable breakup came, he usually found solace in any pair of arms soon enough.
One thing Douglas was not was overly curious. Nor would anyone call him exceptionally brave. He did not particularly want to work hard for the big story. It just forced its way into his hands, twice, and both times he found his energies spent trying to stay alive and not seeking the truth. But Douglas was also not a coward or a sop and when he got pushed into too many corners, he pushed back. And got the story.
It is the stories that he got that earns him entry in the collection of spies for the two documented cases deal with government coups, Soviet spies, intrigue, and plenty of mayhem. And a chance to take pictures that could earn Douglas an income if they did not get him killed.