Number Five and Albert moved to canada when Five was around 6 and lived in a small cottage near Montreal for six months to a year before the Mogadorians found them. Albert fought them off with a shotgun and a broken shovel and quickly move along.
Canada is Five's favourite place to live and he initially plans to go back there after Albert's death.
After Montreal, Five, known as Carson, and his Cêpan were camping in the Appalachian mountains when he first notices Albert's cough and the dark hollows under his eyes. Albert decides to move south towards the United states, believing his illness is due to the cold climates that they can been living in.
Six remembers playing in the snow with the neighbours St Benard, named Clifford, riding him and pretending she was a hero shortly after Katarina had told her about her future and called her a warrior. Clifford suddenly chased and caught a rabbit, Six rescued it but had to kill it out of mercy which saddened her.