Three years have passed since Royston Blake left Mangel for Parpham Mental Hospital, his unstable mind finally entrusted to professionals. He served his stretch, and now he’s out, pronounced “cured” by the Doc. But a lot can change in three years, even in Mangel. Blake’s gal, Sal, has gone off and had a kid for one. His kid…whom Blake’s never even met. Not to mention that most of his old haunts, including Hoppers, are gone, replaced by a gleaming new shopping mall. But like the Doc says, change isn’t always for the better. A mysterious opposition group calling itself the “Old Guard” has expressed its displeasure with the development in the local newspaper. Now words are no longer enough, and they want Blake to enforce their message the old-fashioned way. But Blake just wants to do right by his son, a simple dream made all the more complicated once he realizes Mangel won’t let him go without a fight. Charlie Williams has upped the stakes with King of the Road, a new twist on his violent, darkly comedic chronicles of Mangel.