While following the trail of the Man in Black across Mid-World’s endless desert, Roland stumbles into the rundown town of Tull. Despite the hostility of the townsfolk, Roland stays a while, becoming the lover of Allie, the local honkytonk’s barkeep. But unbeknownst to Roland, the Man in Black has filled the town with traps. First, there is the weedeater named Nort, whom the Man in Black has raised from the dead and whose mind contains a secret horror. But worse yet is the town’s poisonous preacher woman named Pittston. She believes that the Man in Black has impregnated her with a divine child, and that Roland is the Interloper who has come to destroy it.