Jim Furphy was a young Australian backpacker, travelling around the world in search of deeper meaning. He came across Chernarus prior to the original outbreak, hitchhiking his way from east to west when the military had stopped his ride. He was forced to turn around to head back the way he came, but was soon cut off by the chaos. Jim moved inland where he camped out in an abandoned farm with the local he was hitchhiking with.
A few days later, the two were forced to scout for food, the local man was attacked and Jim was again displaced and alone.