Ernest Pratt, a dime-store novelist in the old west, lives with his scientist friend Professor Janos Bartok in the small town of Sheridan, Colorado. The people of Sheridan mistakenly believe that Pratt, a drinker, gambler, and womanizer, is the audacious and pure hero of his novels, Nicodemus Legend. Bartok and his associate, Ramos, convince Pratt to assume the Legend persona while supplying him with Legend-like futuristic gadgets that they invent. Together, Bartok and the reluctant Pratt (as Legend), adventure throughout the west solving mysteries, capturing wrong-doers, and even making scientific discoveries.
Ernest Pratt is the bourbon-swilling, cigar-smoking, womanizing author of the bestselling Nicodemus Legend dime novel series of the 1870s. As he writes them in the first person and poses for the cover art, his audience mistakenly believes that he really is the teetotalling gentleman adventurer he writes about. Then a disgraced Hungarian scientist named Janos Bartok, who was the real genius behind Thomas Edison, brings him to Sheridan, Colorado to actually bring truth to fiction by inventing the gadgets featured in the books.
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