Pahokee, the small town on the banks of Florida's Lake Okeechobee, is considered one of the poorest in the United States. Overrun by drugs, crime and poverty, Palm Beach County reports one-half of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 have been convicted of a felony. In Pahokee, the average family earns about $34,000 and the unofficial unemployment rate is 40 percent. According to Bryan Mealer, author of the book Muck City, families resort to catching rainwater to survive because their utilities have been cut off. It is a place where depression begets desperation.