In this classic adventure story, written in 1873, Phileas Fogg bets 20,000 pounds that he can travel around the world in 80 days — a journey thought to be impossible. But Phileas embarks on his journey that same evening with his companion and servant, Jean Passapartout. But just after his departure toward his first stop in Bombay, India, trouble ensues. A bank in London is robbed, and Scotland Yard thinks Phileas fits the description of the robber. Detective Fix will pursue Phileas around the world, stopping at nothing to apprehend him. In the meantime, however, Phileas and Passapartout, in India for a few days waiting for a boat to take them to Hong Kong, decide to tour the jungle. During the tour, he stumbles upon a tribe making a human sacrifice. In a daring rescue, he saves a woman named Aouda, who turns out to be a princess, and she willingly joins the pair on their way to Hong Kong . . . where Detective Fix catches up with them. Will Phileas and company be able to travel the globe before the deadline? Will Phileas lose the 20,000-pound bet? The adventure only becomes more infused with suspense until the end. Jules Verne's novel is not only compelling for the story, but for way in which it colorfully captures the spirit of the times. This book is sure to rewrite many young readers' perceptions that classic novels have to be boring.