Author Gene Edwards wrote A Tale of Three Kings as a means of questioning and offering insight into Christian leadership styles. To do so, he presents us with stories of three biblical kings.
He begins with the story of the young shepherd David. After David was anointed by the prophet Samuel as future King of Israel, David became famous among the people of Israel for slaying the Philistine giant Goliath with a single stone as well as infamous with the reigning King Saul, who feared losing the throne. Saul gives his daughter Michal to David in marriage but also tries to kill him. David escapes to a cave, pursued by soldiers and dogs, but is not found. Soon, others who have suffered under King Saul come to join David in the cave, making David a leader, despite his feeling of unworthiness.
After Saul's death in war with the Philistines, David is crowned king. Though King David has brought his people a great deal of peace and wealth, his son Absalom begins to question his leadership abilities and desires to overthrow him. King David yields the kingdom to Absalom without a fight, believing Absalom to be God's next chosen heir to the throne.
Throughout the story, Edwards presents advice on how to handle one's self as a Christian under a faulty leader.