Sealed by two layers of garbage bags and five high school sweatshirts, beads of sweat dripped down Jake Crawford’s dehydrated body as he circled the track. About 45 minutes remained in his workout and the last ounces of water were forced out of his body in the miniature sauna he had created. Crawford had fewer than 24 hours to lose 10 pounds.
After journeying from her home in Seattle, Angela Tucker stood in front of a small brick house in Chattanooga, Tenn., belonging to the woman she believed gave birth to her in 1985. When Tucker began the search for her birth parents at age 16, the names Deborah and Oterious were the only pieces of information she had to guide her as she scoured the Internet for clues.
Donn Cabral’s heart races as he walks toward the end of the nearly pitch-black tunnel leading into the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Reed parks her red 1994 Chrysler New Yorker and the women walk into the dark alleyway between Railroad Avenue and Cornwall Avenue. They have arrived at the Dumpsters they visit weekly. Dinner is served.