The adventures of David Balfour, a young orphan, as he journeys through the dangerous Scottish Highlands in an attempt to regain his rightful inheritance.
When young David Balfour's father dies, he gives his only son a letter leading the boy to his estranged uncle—little suspecting that this miserly man will steal David's inheritance and arrange for him to be kidnapped, put aboard a ship to the Carolinas, and sold into slavery. But fate intervenes: David finds himself shipwrecked—and, now, penniless. Together with a Jacobite rebel named Alan Breck (a real historical figure), young Balfour travels across the dangerous Scottish Highlands, making his way back home to reclaim his birthright.
This classic tale of high adventure, called by Henry James "Stevenson's best book," is an action-packed "boys' book" in the vein of Stevenson's Treasure Island, as well as a worthy heir to the long tradition of historical romances in the Western canon.
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Robert Louis Stevenson was born on November 13, 1850. He spent his childhood in Edinburgh, Scotland, but traveled widely in the United States and throughout the South Seas. The author of many novels, including The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Kidnapped, The Black Arrow, and Treasure Island, he died in 1894.