After attending Lydia Tyrell's birthday party in November 2019, Cleo, Isobel, and their chauffer Arkady went missing. Days later, Cleo and her mother reached the spot where they were to meet Malak. However, Malak was late and two men and a woman attacked the mother and child. Isobel urged Cleo to close her eyes as she quickly incapacitated the group. Malak finally showed up soon after.
Malak led them to an underground community and introduced them to "the Lung." After Cleo's mother disguised them, the Lung prepared them for a venture out of the city, during which they would be escorted by "the Bones."