Jake Sanders, a person totally irrelevant to the plot of this story, had a rare cancer. No other living being harnessed the disease, and he killed himself in the basement of his house because of it. His parents fled the house, not wanting to face the truth of their son's depression. They did not alert the police or the paramedics about their son, and Jake's corpse hung in the same exact spot for almost a decade. In the very spot of his death, was the beginning of a new challenge for humanity to face, for years to come.
Lila Byrne, Ella Revel, Stephen Hollick, and Jenessa Lorano on the other hand, are very important. Their story is just starting, beginning on one awful mistake of a day, in the house of Jake Sander's.