Britta was friends with Bo Brady and Steve Johnson years ago. It was over her that Bo and Steve had a fight which resulted in Bo knifing out Steve's eye. Unknown to both Bo and Steve, Britta had hidden the location to some secret bonds in the tattoo's the two men had of knives.
Britta came to Salem to clear Bo of espionage charges. Britta had set Shane up to take the fall, but when Bo admitted to the crimes Britta couldn't let her old lover take the fall for phony crimes.
After the trial Britta and Steve resumed their past relationship. Britta had learned Victor put a price on Steve's head, and she took a bullet meant for him. Britta recovered, and Victor told her he would let Steve live as long as she kept quiet and left town, which she did.
Lars was Britta's brother, who came to Salem to be with his sister in 1986. Lars opened his own dance company, and made Melissa his performing partner. The two fell in love, and began an affair. However, Melissa wouldn't leave her husband Pete for Lars, because at the time Pete was paralyzed.
In 1987 Melissa hurt her leg, and tried to hide the injury from Lars. She was successful in hiding the truth from him, but when she hurt it again Lars found out. Melissa would never dance again, Lars quickly left her and moved his company elsewhere.