In his friendship with two lost girls, they are as much his lifeline as he becomes theirs. Susan, his wife, is a very intriguing and complex character. Her relationship with Joe is filled with conflict and personal tension.
The two girls, Jenny and Pony, represent psychologically a second chance and redemption for Joe. He's driven by inner guilt that he neglected his family. His external goal is to help the girls, but the story is about Joe's emotional goal and struggle.
The premise pulls at the heartstrings of the reader as it reminds us how lonely life can be without a family to love. Joe's journey of forgiveness coupled with Jenny's determined spirit to find her son fill the story with a pleasant undertone of inspiration.