Kidnapped follows the story of young David Balfour, whose uncle allows him to be kidnapped by a shipís captain after the death of Davidís parents. Thus begin Davidís adventures, which include being shipwrecked and accused of murder as he pairs up with Alan Stewart, a Scottish exile. Eventually David is able to return home and claim his rightful fortune from his uncle. This classic adventure novel explores themes of loyalty, friendship, and morality.

Summary of Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

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