A prodigy with a bow, Zoe Ryan was part of the national archery setup from a young age. As a child, she just wanted to play with the other kids, but her mother, herself a championship-winning archer, insisted she hones her natural gift.
Jeb Nelson spent his entire life within 20 miles of the house he was born in. That is, until the day a caravan of high-strung city folk turned up in their fancy cars bringing with them the infection that wiped out the entire town.
At the age of 5 she wound up a member of a travelling circus, the ringmaster always called her Lucky. As to her true name, no one knows.
Eva “Widow” Lopez was in-and-out of correctional facilities before ending up on death row for a brutal gang-related revenge killing. She became a minor celebrity over the incident, earning her Widow nickname from the media coverage.
After being bundled into the back of a patrol car a few too many times as a minor, Mike Ferguson decided he would be the one doing the driving. He excelled in the academy and was establishing a promising career with the highway patrol when the outbreak hit.
Celebrity Tony Tan was filming a vegan burger commercial at the time the outbreak hit. An ardent carnivore, he was doing it for the money. But after witnessing a horde of Infected tear the film crew apart he’s not quite as keen on bloody steak as he once was.
Tyler Kurtz, also known as the wolf boy, is a child raised by a wolf. Even after returning to human society, some habits have been carved into his bones, such as keeping his long nails, which makes him feel safe. And when he is emotional, he could only howl to the sky.
As a former CDC employee, Dr. Jarrett Taylor survived the outbreak in part due to his understanding of how infectious diseases spread. That, plus a dash of inside information and a whole lot of luck. He managed to escape the chaos of the city with his young daughter, Maya, after receiving preliminary data from some of the earliest infected areas.