James is originally from the Southeast United States but traveled to Chernarus towards the beginning of 2017 to help wild life officials take control on their increasing wolf population and to participate in hunting event located there. Before moving he spent most of his time working as a Game Warden but during his free time he was in the woods hunting game and taking part in local charity work. He wasn't happy in the United States to begin with since he had just lost both his parents and was an only child so he eventually decided he was going to find a job somewhere foreign and far away from his past.
The next 6 months James worked with an older man who taught him the terrain of the land and the local culture. James had known of Chernarus since around 2009 after hearing of the civil war that occurred. He wasn't very informed on the situations going on in the country during the time he had moved there which ultimately lead to him being stuck there. The following months chaos happened leading up to a war and virus contagion spreading across Chernarus then the globe. James had spent most of his time secluded and off the grid from society once the infection first hit. Foolishly not knowing what had recently happened he made his way down towards the coast in search of more rations and news on what was going on in Chernarus. Once arriving to the coastal town he found he found it scattered with bodies and abandoned. He picked up a local newspaper that was half destroyed off the ground with the cover saying something about an deadly outbreak occuring throughout the country.