The Count of Monte Cristo, completed in 1844 is the classic adventure novel, taking place in France, Italy, and islands in the Mediterranean during the historical events of 1814–1838.
The protagonist, Edmond Dantés, is about to marry his sweetheart and become captain of a vessel. Framed by three enemies as a Napoleonic conspirator shortly before Napoleon's dramatic return from Elba in 1815, Dantés is imprisoned in the Chateau d'If, by a villainous politician, anxious to conceal his own father's machinations on behalf of Bonaparte.
Managing to escape in a highly dramatic manner, Dantés flees to the island of Monte Cristo, and locates a fabulous treasure, hidden since the time of Renaissance. As the Count of Monte Cristo and with the wealth of the treasure Dantés destroys his enemies and shows the wrong side of the bourgeois world.