Nadia, the female main character, grew up in a rough urban area with no parents and few friends, stealing and foraging for money and food. She's always been clever - cunning and skill saved her life more than once, growing up amongst thieves, murderers, and worse. One day a troop of Brotherhood soldiers came to town, cleaned out the trash, and fed the hungry. When they left, Nadia followed them and joined the Texas Brotherhood of Steel. As a soldier, she understands tactics as well as the highest ranking officer, but is much more apt to bend the rules.