Anthony Young walks his 7-year-old black Lab Pei dog, Sampson, near Chateau Inn & Suites in Cuba, Missouri, a town of about 3,300. Anthony, his fiancé Dawn Klages, her father Ty Klages and Sampson have lived together in a two-bed motel room for months after they could no longer afford their home.
Anthony picks a wildflower for Dawn at a field near the motel. For Anthony, two decades of getting high on meth cost him his happiness. He was expelled from high school, lost his home, ended a marriage and spent four years of his life in prison. Six months ago, Anthony stopped using meth and decided to change his life and take care of his family.
Anthony smokes a cigarette while Dawn is lying in bed. Because of her severe social anxiety, Dawn spends most of her days inside where she doesn't have to interact with anyone.
Ty takes a nap in a motel room. He started suffering from dementia about a year ago, and now he barely recognizes his daughter Dawn and her fiancé, Anthony.
Anthony and Dawn kiss at a motel room. Dawn said she didn’t marry Anthony for 13 years because she was never sure if he would stop using meth.
Anthony receives the change after ordering a cup of strawberry slush for Ty in a cab at a fast-food restaurant. Ever since the family started living in a motel without a car, they have had to rely on eating takeout or microwavable food and using cabs for transportation.
Volunteers listen as Barbara Jopling, the director of Cuba Ministerial Food Pantry, prays near a stack of sweet potatoes to start the day. About a year ago, Anthony was charged with possessing a sawed-off shotgun and has volunteered at the pantry to fulfill his community service hours.
Dawn hands over her half-eaten hamburger to Anthony in her bed while their dog Sampson anticipates a bite.
Anthony assists Ty while taking a walk together outside their motel room. After becoming sober, Anthony has spent most of his days caring for the family.
Anthony sits on a bench while visiting his father, Sam Young. Even after Anthony's six months of sobriety, Sam said he was still afraid his son would relapse into meth addiction.