Before the outbreak, Nikita lived and worked on his father's farm near Lopatino. He lived with his father, mother and grandmother. They held out in their home as their neighbours became unrecognisable monsters. As food and water ran out, Nikita and his father had no choice but to leave and search for supplies. Upon their return, they found his mother and grandmother both extremely sick and beginning to turn. His father tried to confine them both to the basement, but was bitten in the process. At the behest of his rapidly deteriorating father, Nikita locked his infected family inside their home and fled north to the woods with his father's shotgun. He survived for several days by scavenging what he could, and killing the occasional rabbit. He was desperate to reach Gvozdno, where his sister lived, but the military presence and relentless bombing discouraged him from moving far from the relative safety of the woods. As the bombing ceased and the military presence waned, Nikita made his way to Gvozdno, avoiding small groups of infected. He found Gvozdno virtually abandoned - only the infected remained. He reached his sister's home, but found no sign of her. The kitchen showed signs that some kind of struggle had taken place, but there was little else he could determine from examining the place. He noticed that many of his sister's belongings had gone. This gave him hope that his sister had managed to escape to safety, but with no other clues to go off, he was left with no choice but to travel the country, desperately searching for his last family member.