Kidnapped is set in 1751, during the time of the Jacobite rebellion — a tumultuous and tragic period in Scottish history. At its center is a historical event: the murder of Colin Campbell, the "Red Fox" of Glenure in Scotland.
David Balfour, whose father dies leaving him with nothing to live on, goes to live with a cruel and miserly uncle. The uncle attempts to have the boy killed and then has him kidnapped and taken to sea. The ship is wrecked and the novel follows David and and his friend Alan Breck Stewart as they journey across the Highlands through numerous dangers. After witnessing the murder of Colin Campbell (the notorious "Red Fox") David makes a dramatic and extraordinary flight for his life across Scotland before he can claim his rightful inheritance.
Published in 1886, the same year as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Kidnapped is one of Stevenson's most enduringly popular novels.