He is of medium height and with short hair. The book describes him as in his mid-thirties.
Joe originally comes from Earth; he lived in Monterrey, California. He worked as a paramedic and a part-time studio musician. He was engaged to a girl named Gwen. He was walking by the beach one day when a Wayminder opened a portal to Earth and was accidentally sucked into the Outskirts. The guilty Wayminder, named Sallanah, apologized and set him up in Zeropolis with some credits and an ID after a failed attempt to go home. He joined the Unseen, and they hooked him up with a thruport so he could spy on his ex-fiancée. He concocted a crazy plan to hire a Wayminder and kidnap her to live with him in the Outskirts. He almost succeeded but in the end could not do it. So he came back and got busted for being with the Unseen. He quickly left Zeropolis thereafter on a mission to find Miracle. He lived in Zeropolis before coming to Sambria.