Richard Hope moved into the Layton Lake District region two years ago. His life was shattered when his son and wife died in a traffic accident while he was stationed overseas in the military. After the accident, he took himself off the grid and came to the Layton Lake District reserve. The only hope he wishes to have now are between him and nature.

Hope's years of living out in the wild has made him a full-fledged survivalist. He is completely self-sufficient, as he is able to find food, stay warm and protect himself. Hope is also an expert hunter with a rifle and is the local expert on the reserve's blacktail deer population.

He had some confrontations with Jonathan Trampfine, who he believes to be out of his mind and likely to get himself killed at any minute.