Jake was born in the city of Incheon located in South Korea. At around five months old he was adopted by an American couple, and raised in Auburn Hills, Michigan. As he grew up he was an adventurous kid, and often got himself into some sort of dilemma from it being falling from a tree, or getting himself lost while exploring his hometown. As he got older he calmed down, he was still easily excitable, and still enjoyed exploring new places, however he mostly kept to himself. Despite keeping to himself, he would normally find himself in the company of a shy, but energetic guy named Gabe, they became friends, and soon more than that.
After high school Jake didn't have many aspirations, or any at all, Gabe however planned to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Jake decided he would attend as well mainly just so he'd be with Gabe. During the summer he got a part-time job at a coffee bar to have some savings when he would be in Chicago. After two semesters at SATC, Gabe, and him got into an argument which led to them splitting up. His breakup hurt him, and he began to rethink his choices about whether he even wanted to be taking these courses, and he decided he needed to explore what he used to enjoy, adventuring, and seeing new places.
He decided that for his birthday, he would use his savings, and some funds as a gift from his parents, to travel across the world, and to see his birthplace. As the day of his flight arrived he was anxious for what was ahead, he had only flown once in his life, and he was too young to remember it. During his flight they had to refuel in Miroslav at the international airport. Shortly after their arrival, and the flock of passengers exited the plane did the CDF guards swoop in, and detained them all. For the next week they were kept in the airport until the CDF guards departed.