Zack was living in in Kuji, a small coastal town in Japan, when the earthquake hit. Fortunately, the area was not hit very hard and the damages were minimal. Once it became known that it was safe outside, Branham's attention steered to his girlfriend. She was living 4 miles away in a town off the ocean and he was concerned that she wasn't as lucky. It was then that he decided to start his search for her.
He walked for 24 hours until he finally made it to the city, past the guards, and through the debis. Branham ended up running into members of the Board of Education who knew his girlfriend. They happened to know where she was and pointed him in the right direction to finding her. After his journey, Zack was finally reunited with his girlfriend. She was found in a building cutting up rags to cover the bodies of those around her who did not survive.