He gives the Hero the quest "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", in which he asks the Hero to help out the other survivors in his group. After "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" is complete, James also offers the quest "Counsel of Despair", in which he asks the Hero to complete the "HELP" sign north of the Lighthouse.
He was one of the survivors in the Lifeguard Tower but left with a few willing people to the Lighthouse, namely the merchant Javier Wimsatt, Evan, Ned, Monica Goldberg, Linda, Mick Fler, Colin Kugler, Jessica Nelson, Maggie Spacy, Darvin Bark, Trevor Cohen, Marcus Davis, and an unnamed survivor. The other survivors went with John Sinamoi.
- Oddly, Roger Nelson claims that James is his brother, despite the fact that they have different surnames and accents. It is likely that Roger was using the term "brother" as a way of saying that James is a good friend, rather than claiming that the two are actually siblings.