When the Ugly Comes propels readers into a compelling and provocative literary escape into the historical deep, sultry south. The year is 1955. When Dr. Elijah Kingdom, a colored doctor, opens a clinic in the tiny town of Marigold, Alabama, a wealthy councilman and KKK member demands Kingdom leave town. The consequences of Kingdom's refusal turn deadly. Fate leads him to Margaret, a young, white woman used to the ugliness of life, and her endearing father, a local prison guard. But will fate or something greater give them the strength to survive in this family saga? From the mysterious death of the councilman's passionate wife to the accusation of Kingdom as a murderer - lies, passion, and untold horrors strip this southern town before it learns evil lies not within the skin but within the heart.