Jed was the leader of a group heading to San Francisco from Seattle. His goal was to travel to the bay area, inhabited by adults, but only made it to Eugene.
Jed heard that adults who were immune to the disease had migrated to San Francisco. He took one of his old classmates, Natalie, and her brother, AJ, and began the trek. Eventually he picked up others, such as Eli. The last people he accepted into the group were Romello and John. Though he and John made it work, the two constantly bickered.
While traveling through Eugene, the group encountered a militia of terrorists. While they were running from the armed soldiers, John purposfully pushed Jed to the ground. Jed was captured and shot by the leader of the milita, also named Jed.