The story of an incarcerated parent is told through the character of an orange cat named Midnight who lives in a prison. A little girl named Maya misses her father who is incarcerated and goes to visit him with her mother and brother every week. One week Maya is worried about who takes care of her father in prison, and her father tells her the story of Midnight the cat and how he helps the prisoners. The book paints a more comforting story of prison life for young readers, while also addressing Maya’s separation from her father. However, at its heart, this is a positive story of Midnight’s journey to the prison and his relationship and activities with the prisoners.
While children of incarcerated parents will find it particularly compelling, this story is relatable to all audiences as it is primarily Midnight’s story of his discovery of his purpose and his home.