Angel strides stiffly toward the trash container that serves as her bedroom. Even after 9 p.m., the record-breaking summer heat bounces into her face from the asphalt. She has been walking for miles, morning and evening. Thirteen hours this day at Santa Fe and Mississippi, flying her sign of hopeful lies. "Need help to get a bus ticket to Wisconsin." The sign netted $103. People give money hoping against their better judgment that Angel will use it well. She is about to prove them wrong.

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