As the oppression in her home state increased to the point where life was nearly unbearable, Hei Ding's parents chose to hide her very existence from the authorities. Raised in the mountains and forests surrounding her home place, Hei Ding remains unassimilated into the dominant socialist state surrounding her. Instead, she lives in a dream-like world populated by her imagination. Traditional Korean nature spirits make up most of her 'friends'. As likely to speak with a tree or a bird as with a human, her ways can seem strange to outsiders.
Escaping his captors and crossing the border, James Bond encounters this 'curious nymph of the forest' whilst searching for Korean warlord Whar Zin's bio-weapon facility. He enlists her help and she reveals that the pathogen is spread by local wildlife, specifically the birds, who have become sickly. He later reunites with her and is led to a lake in the crater of a nearby mountain, where the birds come to die in their droves. She herself falls ill whilst there and reveals that she had been abandoned as a child in a village near the forest; her mother had been abducted and subsequently left for dead. Left alone by Whar Zin's men, Hei believes that she is his illegitimate child.