The Oklahoma Panhandle is a futuristic landscape. There the social structures extant hang on by a thread as water resources dwindle, threatening to take down most human habitation with them. Optima lake is indeed the proverbial canary in a coal mine: a man made environment that failed due to a man made disaster and a lack of understanding of for what troubles quite literally lie just below the surface. It's a vision of the Great Plains, and other water-strained regions, that unfortunately will be realized sooner than most would think on a massive scale and that will leave the local inhabitants in a dire situation.