Count Of Monte Cristo by Dumas Alexandre
On the day of his wedding Edmond Dantes master mariner is arrested in Marseille on trumped-up charges and spirited away to the cellars of the Chateau d'If an impregnable sea fortress in which he is imprisoned indefinitely. Escaping from the chateau by a series of daring manoeuvres he unearths a great treasure on the island of Monte Cristo buried there by a former fellow prisoner who bequeaths to him the secret of its whereabouts. Thus armed with unimaginable wealth and embittered by his long imprisonment he resolves to devote his life to tracking down and punishing those responsible. This classic nineteenth-century translation has been revised and updated by Peter Washington with an introduction by award-winning novelist Umberto Eco.