Identical twin boys, Edgar and Alan Poe, are the great-great-great-great grandnephews of the famous writer Edgar Alan Poe. Edgar and Alan are quite a pair; they have been described as two boys sharing one brain. They live with their Aunt Judith and Uncle Jack and their black cat with a white figure eight on his tummy, Roderick Usher.
Some would say that Edgar and Alan are too smart for their own good. After learning of the disappearance of Roderick Usher, Edgar and Alan devise a plan to trick the social worker into believing that they are being over worked in their homeschooling by Aunt Judith. Thus begins the adventure to Kansas to retrieve Roderick Usher from Professor Marvel, who owns a Dorothy Gail amusement park.
Along their way to Kansas, Edgar and Alan receive discrete messages from their great-great-great-great uncle Edgar Alan Poe, from the Great Beyond. You see, Poe works in a cubicle in the writing department under the supervision of William Shakespeare. Usually, Poe communicates to the boys through fortune cookies, however Poe is not supposed to be intervening in their lives and his messages become mixed up. The boys eventually learn the real meanings behind the messages, but almost a little too late.
This was read by Arte Johnson.