Eve came to Salem under the alias of Eve Baron. She was a troubled young girl who became a prostitute under Nick Corelli. She was quickly befriended by Kimberly Brady who eventually hired her to babysit for Andrew. Little did Kim know Eve was Shane's daughter and she was out to sabotage Kim and Shane's marriage. Eve believed Kim broke up her parents.
Eventually Eve got into trouble with the law after stealing a car and hitting Sarah Horton, and she revealed Shane was her father. Shane took Eve in as his daughter, though she continued to cause problems for Kimberly.
Kimberly wasn't the only one Eve caused problems for. Eve had a crush on Frankie Brady, but his heart belonged to Jennifer Horton. While Jen and Frankie were apart Frankie had an affair with Paula Carson, the women who ran the Teen Crisis Hotline Frankie worked on. Eve learned about the affair and exposed it after Jen and Frankie had reconciled, causing more trouble between Frankie and Jen. Eve's plan backfired when Frankie eventually left Salem in 1988.
Shane adopted Eve but she was soon forced back into prostitution by her old pimp Nick Corelli. Eve called Kimberly for help, and as a result Kimberly was attacked and lost her baby. Eve was also assaulted and a slash to her face from a knife left her with a permanent scar. Shane soon learned that Eve's mother was Gabriel Pascal, note Emma Donovan. An upset Kimberly left Salem to sort through her life.
Later that year Eve was attacked by the Riverfront Knifer, Harper Deveraux. Eve survived the attack, but as a result was left with a knife scar across her cheek.
In 1988 Nick decided to help Eve gain back her self confidence. Nick arranged for Eve to pose on the cover of a teen fashion magazine. Eve was thrilled, and she was even more thrilled when a group of boys from her school showed an interest in her. What Eve didn't know was that Harris, the boy she liked, had made a bet with his friend Jake to see how long it would take to score with a hooker. When Eve learned the truth she tried to commit suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills. Eve lived, but wanted revenge. Eve and Nick set the boys up at a party with drugs and alcohol, and then turned them into the police. Later Jake and his friends kidnapped Eve and left Nick a note to meet them out of town. Outside of town Nick and Jake played a game of chicken, and Nick's car went over a cliff and exploded.
Eve grieved over Nick but when Nick left everything in his will to her suspicion fell upon her. Eve ran away, but crashed her car. She was rescued and brought to an old deserted mansion by a man named Eddie. Eddie knew the mansion had belonged to Nick Corelli and he was searching for some old money Nick had hidden there. When Eve happened to find an old key Eddie took Eve to the bank where they attempted to open a safe deposit box. Eve managed to drop a note as to where she was being held captive. Nick, who was also living at his old mansion, helped Shane rescue Eve. Eddie however escaped returned to the mansion to try to find the rest of the money. Eve had returned in hopes of finding the man who had helped her before, not knowing it was Nick. Steve, Kayla, and Nick were waiting for Eddie at the mansion, but he managed to elude them once again. Nick, Steve, and Kayla were charged with conspiring to hide Harper's money, but where later let off.
Even eventually learned the man in the mask was Nick. Nick wanted Eve to have the scar on her cheek removed, but she only agreed to have the operation if Nick had his badly burned face repaired as well. Both agreed, but in the operating room Eddie showed up and threatened to kill Eve if Nick didn't turn over Harper's money to him. Eddie however was shot and killed by Shane. Both Nick and Eve underwent surgery and their painful scars were removed.
Afterwards Nick gave Eve a job singing at Wings, the nightclub he had bought. Eve was in love with Nick, and to discourage her he married April Ramirez.
In 1990 a vicious storm hit Salem and left Faith paralyzed. Eve Donovan, who was in love with Faith's current boyfriend Scott, plotted to keep the two of them apart. Eve brought Scott's shadowy record producing scams and secrets to Faith's attention in hopes that it would cause problems. Eve's plan failed miserable. Faith walked again and when Scott was accepted to medical school, Faith and Scott left Salem.
Nick Corelli had left a fortune to Eve, but she could not claim any of the money until she married. Eve asked Frankie to marry her, but when he rejected her she turned to Jack. Jack needed the money to save the Spectator and agreed to marry Eve in 1991. Later, Eve and Jack's marriage was annulled. When Eve was wanted as a suspect in Nick's murder, she fled Salem. It was Frankie who came after her and convinced her to return to Salem because she had been exonerated of any crime.
In 1991, Brian Scofield found himself investigating Nick Corelli's murder as well. Brian & Melissa, Eve & Frankie, and Jack & Jen boarded a theme train on which Johnny Corelli had stashed the weapon that was used to kill his brother Nick. When they found the weapon, Johnny Corelli detached the car they were in and it rolled down a mountain pass and derailed into a cold forest. The couples split up and all tried to find their way out of the valley they found themselves trapped in. Eve eventually split away from Frankie and met up with a young woman named Molly Brinker. Molly drew Eve a map and Eve lead the party to a safe location and took the credit on her own. A helicopter retrieved the stranded Salemites, but Eve was seriously injured when she fell from the helicopter ladder. She lived and was treated like a star in Salem until Molly showed up and pushed Eve off of her heroine pedestal. Frankie had told Eve he loved her, but after he learned that Eve had taken the credit for saving them he once again distanced himself from her.
Eventually, Frankie was called to work for a charity organization in Africa helping the sick and hungry. Eve, who was madly in love with Frankie, gave up all the pleasures of society and departed Salem with Frankie.