In 1886 PD, the slaver convoy he was on was intercepted by a People's Navy force. Most of the Mesan ships were able to jump into hyperspace, but the ship Zeiger was on was destroyed before it could translate. Zeiger, a fellow slave named Barbara Patten, and two guards were the only ones to get away in a lifeboat, and were soon picked up by the Havenites.
He arrived on the planet Torch on March 3, 1920 PD, and got married less than half a year later. He ended up working for the Pharmaceutical Inspection Board. His wife gave birth to their first child some time later, and a second one was on the way by late 1921 PD. (CS2)