This book is about Roland, the gunslinger, and his quest to catch the man in black. The man in black starts out as a mystery and stays that way throughout the book. There is a little history given about Roland and his childhood, his friends. The main focus is on his hunt for the man in black and his friendship with a young boy named Jake that he meets on his way. Roland does some things in this book that makes him hard to root for or really like for that matter. However, if you read the series through, you begin to understand him more and truly feel more connections going on. Really good beginning in a series of great books.