In 1938, Seth Townsend, a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner, arrives in Nevada to cover the story of the last run of the Virginia and Truckee Silver Short Line Rail Road. Searching for information, Townsend is directed to one-hundred-year-old Jim Canfield--the living legend of Storey County. In Canfield he discovers a motherlode of epic tales of escape from slavery, New Orleans bawdy houses, Mississippi riverboats, Civil War battles, Rebel plots against the Union, and adventures with Sam Clemens...the young Mark Twain.
The Legend of Storey County takes you back to the 1860s when the horrors of the Civil War and the fabulous bonanza silver mines of the early West were on a collision course. Jim and his friend Sam flee the troubles of Missouri to stake their claim to the richest vein of silver in the West. But fantastic misadventures and a conspiracy wait for them in the wild hills of Nevada. From New Orleans to Virginia City, The Legend of Storey County traces Jim's turbulent escapades and his extraordinary friendship with Sam. The saga of the western frontier and the hardy men who came to seek their fortunes is told with flair worthy of Mark Twain himself.