Cat Island is the Bahamas untouched—not just by development but, in many ways, by the modern world. Obeah, a kind of Bahamian black magic, is practiced and feared here. Abandoned slave cottages decay beside the road, while mother-in-law's-tongue and wild cotton grow in and around them. Like Loch Ness, the lakes are thought to hold hungry monsters in the dark depths of their blue holes. The main road is called "the road." It is considered the height of rudeness to drive past anyone without honking and waving.