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Karma, a black teenager in the foster care system, is looking for her foster brother, Terrell, who has gone missing within the Oblong — a fictional inner city that playwright Jonathan Payne describes as "an island isolated by poverty." Maybe Terrell has run away; maybe it's drugs; maybe he's dead; or maybe he's simply lost somewhere in the depths of an uncaring society. As Karma sleuths, she pries clues from a wide variety of characters: an undertaker who profits from abundant death, a veteran teacher with a poor recollection of his students, and several others, all of whom tend to be quick to disregard her.

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