Born into an upper middle/high class family, Rabbit's a touch spoiled when it comes to having material things. Emotionally, however, he has never had anything. His parents never made him do much in the way of chores or work as long as he went to school. He would fall behind in school, but his mother did not fight with him because he was actually attending class. She had never really had an interest in him or his life. She was far more focused on her friends. social life and status. His father, a lawyer, saw his son as a total disappointment, however and often told Rabbit as much with both verbal and physical abuse. Rabbit only ever was happy when his father was away on business, which he was most of the week. When the man was home, they would fight, his father would hit him and Rabbit would usually run away and go to his friend Ronny's house for a few days.

Two months before the plague broke, his mother found out that his father's 'business trips' included sleeping with his secretary. She filed for divorce and kicked her husband out of the house. Rabbit, at first, was all right with the new situation, even if his father seemed all too willing to take off. The older man openly pointed out Rabbit was over 18 and therefore, no longer his problem. His mother seemed to suddenly think it was a better idea if Rabbit went with this father. After being tossed around for a week, his parents came to a decision that he would staying with his mother and work. His mother made him get a job which he lost after a week. That was when she began to fight with him. It was the first time in his life she even took notice of him so oddly, Rabbit found the fighting better than the silence. That was until she kicked him out. He stayed with Ronny, but soon Ronny became ill and headed off to the hospital.

When the other teen died, Rabbit was completely lost. Scared out of his mind, he went home only to find his mother gone. She'd taken off for the West Coast, leaving only a note and a number of unpaid bills. Rabbit tired to get a hold of his father, but he never returned his phone calls.

On June 23rd, the phone finally rang. It was his father's 'secretary' calling to tell Rabbit his father was dead. It was the first time that Rabbit realized exactly what was going on. Left completely alone, scared and unaware of what to do, Rabbit returned to his childhood home.

He had strange dreams of an old black woman and a number of nightmares involving a dark man and a corn field, but out of fear of the unknown and lack of motivation, Rabbit at first dismissed them all as nothing more than dreams.

That was until Mattie Groves came across him one night. He followed her back to her group which included Stu Redman, Frannie Goldsmith, Glen Bateman, Amara, Marty Jacobs, Kyra Andrews, Harold Lauder and John and Erin McNeal, who, once in Boulder, he moved in with along with Mattie. It was short lived, however, when an explosion caused by Harold with the help of Kurt took John's life. Homeless and lost, Rabbit didn't know where to turn. Gavin Mann and Olivia Landry offered him, Mattie and Erin a place to stay and he took them up on the offer.