Joe Harris was grievously wounded in battle. He nearly died twice in the helicopter taking him back to base. He was on his last deployment and he had a contract for a job with the company run by John Huntington—aka the Midnight Man—and Douglas Kowalski—aka the Senior. He was brought so low he nearly died but he had teammates and a company of people who cared for him at his back.
His good friends Metal and Jacko wouldn’t let him quit. Metal was a medic and Jacko a gym rat and they bugged him and hounded him and made his life impossible until he was forced to push his rehab harder and harder. And thanks to his friends, he astounded the doctors. And Metal and Jacko were with him every step of the way.
Isabel Lawton was grievously wounded, too, in a terrorist attack. But she was on her own, with no friends or family to help her, and she remained mired in weakness and sadness.
Until Joe. Until Joe and the Midnight team—the guys and their women—had her back and helped her get back on her feet.
No one can suffer a terrible loss and come back on their own, without help.
We’ve all been there, haven’t we? A terrible loss, a horrible blow. At one time or another in our lives we are all brought low. Brought to a point where we don’t have the strength to go on, where the future is a dark place with no hope, no light. If you get to that place, you can’t make it back into the light on your own, you need help. Whether the help comes from friends or family, from a spiritual advisor or therapist, it doesn’t make any difference. It’s as if someone has to infuse you with some strength that comes from outside yourself, because you yourself have none.
It is a humbling lesson, and a necessary one. We need each other, at times desperately.
Joe and Isabel heal each other because there is love and that is what love does. It heals the broken spots, it enhances the bright spots, it is a universal balm and blessing.
But the fact is, Joe and Isabel aren’t alone. They are part of a crew, a group of smart, tough people—men and women—who have known pain and adversity and who have come out of it thanks to people who love them. All the Midnight crew know what it is like to suffer and know how important it is to be there not only for that special love, but for their friends, as well.
Love doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Nothing exists in a vacuum except darkness.