After Richtofen's Grand Scheme, the Earth was sent into chaos and disarray. Due to the lack of resources available, a group of survivors who called themselves "The Flesh" decided that the only way to survive was to cannibalize the corpses of zombies. What they did not know is that they would inherit infectious symptoms by doing so. The group, along with Maxis' followers, are eventually wiped out by Zombies. Samuel J. Stuhlinger was formerly a member of The Flesh, but he left the group after its destruction, becoming one of the only people to escape alive.