I used to be a rebel. Push me, and would push back -- twice as hard. I took outrageous risks, looked for thrills, threw myself into horrifying and hilarious situations... until it all became deadly serious. That's when everything changed, and I grew up -- fast. Learned what it means to love, to take responsibility, face death, face life, and embrace the meaning -- and even the meaninglessness -- of it all. Suddenly, I was measuring value in heartbeats, not dollars. During this crazy, year-long run for our lives, I didn't just rescue the deer-in-the-headlights Russian -- who also risked it all and crashed into my life -- but found and rescued myself.