Trying to make sense of the world is a challenging task. In this age of consumption, many stray from the streetlights into a world of sweat and dilated pupils, some just into the wrong alleyway. Discerning what is most important in life has become confusing; so many shiny things stand in the way. This book is meant to expose the dark corners of our soul that have been quieted, forgotten, or painted over. It is the story of just how low some of our cities have sunk into the ground, a story of basements and cellarsâ€”and finally, of rationing out our last bits of hope.