As a lifesaver in Surfer's Paradise, Australia, Heather Cameron secretly used her mutant powers to help those in need. Her life, as well as that of her brother Davis Cameron
, changed the day they met the X-Men
. Marked for death by the Chinese Triad after her father, the Australian crimelord Viceroy was killed, the team of X-Men led by Storm
sought to help them. Attacked by assassins, Heather was forced to publicly reveal her mutant nature to save herself. Heather subsequently joined the X-Men as Lifeguard, and aided in repelling an alien invasion during which she began manifesting traits of the alien Shi'ar race. Unwittingly frightening her brother away, Heather left the X-Men to find him. She later joined Charles Xavier's X-Corporation
in its Mumbai, India branch until its destruction.