1. What is the nightmare that Joe is barely surviving?
Joe is barely surviving the nightmare that was the plane crash in Colorado one year previously that took the lives of his wife Michelle, and his two daughters, Chrissie and Nina. He is unable to go forward, and can't forget what was. Now he lives from day to day, wishing he could join them, and unable to cope with life that continues without them.
2. Who is the only person that seems to understand the way Joe feels, and is his lifeline?
The only person that seems to understand the way Joe feels, and is his lifeline is his mother in law, Beth McKay. She and her husband Henry love Joe, and see his as their son, but Henry is just as bereft as Joe is, and nearly as fragile emotionally. Beth holds on to her faith in God and while their deaths devastated her, she still finds the strength to allow both her husband and Joe to lean on her.
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