The Kyle family, Kris, Tony, Bella, and Steven. Kris, the bullied kid who always felt less than his brother. Steven, the "saint" younger brother was always favored by their parents.
Their family was shot and killed while Kris was on tour in Iraq. Steven felt like it was his fault, he was the one who went on the trip with them. He wasn't fast enough to catch their killer
Kris, bullied and unlike, never felt like he had a purpose. He joined the marines to feel like he had a purpose. The night his parents were killed was the night he was deployed to Iraq
Their parents were buried in the yard of their house in Texas. Steven put all the blame on himself although there was nothing he could have done. Although he was unliked by his parents, Kris felt guilty for leaving to join the Marines.
As he was walking the grounds, wishing he could have been the bigger man, Kris heard a large crack. Kris had been struck by lightning. He just barely survived. Everything seemed to be normal, but was not.
As Steven tried to find somewhere to get gas for his trip back to Missouri, he found a closed down gas station. He attempted to see if anyone was there. He heard slithering by his foot, he tried to stay still. Snap! The snake had bit him. The very rare vipera orlovi had bitten him. Steven passed out from the pain.