Max Spears was an ex-Sheriff from Cherno living his best life with his wife and kids. When the outbreak hit, he was separated from his family whilst dealing with rioters in the city. After the infection took the lives of his unit, which he blames himself for, Spears gathered up whatever supplies he could find and started on his journey of finding his family, not knowing if alive or dead. Max Spears wonders the towns with the grief of his lost brothers, offering protection to others going the same path to seek redemption. Spears looks out for others, only showing defensiveness when threatened or when or others are being threatened.