47-year-old door-to-door medical encyclopedia salesman Lyle Meeks is all set to enter the rarified echelons of American backyard astronomy by proving that life on Saturn actually exists.

He just needs to make the final payment on his Hubble II Personal Observatory, the last word in home astronomy domes.

But sales are slow and the only hope Meeks has of raising the money in time is 1,000 miles away in Little Rock, Arkansas—a $1,500 debt owed by a shady colleague who conned him two summers ago at a salesmen’s convention in Elk City.

15-year-old, pistol-packing Jo-Jo Bibbs is heading in the same direction and he’s mad as hell. A week ago his older girlfriend ran off to Ponca City, Oklahoma, with a homicidal pimp who stands 4-foot-9 in boots. When Bibbs overhears Meeks’ plans at a bar, he figures he’ll just bum a ride.

All the way to Ponca City.

Problems start to pile up when the debt collection is a bust and Meeks and Bibbs fall prey to a notorious quack about to be run out of town by his patients.

Other obstacles: Meeks’ cheap, Chinese tires; his will-obsessed mother in nearby Missouri, and lost love Nora, who wants back in Meeks’ life; a Ponca City boarding house full of grifters and oddballs; a knife-throwing midget in spurs; and a tornado blowing in from Kansas that threatens to suck up the whole Panhandle.

Hubble is coming fall 2020 from Run Amok Books.

In the meantime, if you want to get updates, sneak peeks and other cool stuff like discounted (practically free!) AAA maps of the county roads Lyle and Jo-Jo drive through to get to Ponca City, join the Hubble VIP Club. We’ll never kick you out.