Ryan Knowles, born and raised in Sunderland, United Kingdom was a licensed captain that was employed by the transportation company that operated in the Middle East region of the world before the outbreak occurred. He was one of the youngest captains employed by the transportation firm, which was detriment to his determination and mind set. He was an outstanding captain, who was well praised and liked by the mariners that were on the container ships he piloted on numerous journeys around the world.
He was caught up in the outbreak, delivering a shipment to Elektro before the routes in and out of the country (sea, land and air) were closed off to the world. He and his crew were ultimately left stuck, having to defend themselves and look after one another.