James was born towards the end of the American Revolution. His father was a French trapper . James is a merciless "tracker" vampire who hunts human beings for sport.James is unusually gifted at what he does and always gets what he wants, except when then-human Alice Cullen escaped him years ago by being turned into a vampire before he could attack her. He was attracted to her because Alice's scent was very intoxicating to him. Unlike the Cullen family, he drinks human blood.