Melina and her sister, Sonja, came to Chernarus to visit their uncle, Stan. While in chernarus they planned on staying at the family's ranch that was built next to the family's business. It was their summer, and they planned on staying for a month or two. They figured they could work the family store to gain their capital. Sadly, all their plans changed. As their plane landed they noticed smoke coming from the nearest town they could hear crowds roaring. If they knew what they know now, they would have gotten back on that plane and left.
Once in the town they saw the horrific scene of the cannibalistic people eating the remains of the fallen. Their first instinct was to run to their family farm, but that was miles away. Sonja had the smart idea to go to a travel agency and find of chernarus, in hopes that it would show them what direction to go. Once getting the map they started their journey to find their loved ones. On the way they saw even more horrific things.. At one point they saw military shooting live people in the face thinking they were the undead. Once reaching their family's homestead they were relieved to find out that no one had been hurt. They were told about the illness and then their uncle trained them to use a pistol and a small 22 rifle, just in case they needed to use them.
Her and her family created a market, at first the market was inside of a compound ran by the UN, but the UN abandoned the compound. Leaving all the civilians to fend for themselves.