In December 1997, seven years after the release of the first Commander Keen computer game, Billy was found, unconscious, in the back of a garbage truck in New York City.
He was eventually reunited with his parents and younger sister.
Billy was then admitted to a detox clinic and, after almost one year of recouperation, was ready to come back to be a part of normal society. For the next year, 18-year-old Billy set about gaining the education that he needed to complete high school. Whenever he could, he worked with his father in television, and eventually met up with writer-director Chuck Huffington, who expressed interest in creating a Commander Keen movie.
With the resurgence in Keen-mania that arose from the prospect of Huffington's new movie, Commander Keen: Kid Genius, the future was once again looking optimistic for Billy.
Or was it?
As the sun of a bright, new era for Billy shone brighter, the shadows of deception grew deeper.