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kidnapped is a historical fiction adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. Written as a "boys' novel" and first published in the magazine Young People May to July 1886, the novel has attracted the praise and admiration of writers as diverse as Henry James, Jorge Luis Borges, and Seamus Heaney. A sequel, Catriona, was published in 1893.
As historical fiction, is about 18th century Scottish events, notably the "Appin Murder", which occurred near Ballachulish in 1752 following the Jacobite rising.  Many of the characters, and one of the principals, Alan Breck Stewart, were real people. The political situation of the time is cleverly portrayed from different perspectives, and the Scottish Highlanders are treated sympathetically.
The full title of the book, Kidnapped: Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in 1751: How was kidnapped and Cast Away, their sufferings in a desert island, his journey in the far Highlands, knowledge with Alan Breck Stewart and other notorious Highland Jacobites, with all that he suffered at the hands of his uncle, Ebenezer Balfour of Shaws, falsely so called: written by himself and now set forth by Robert Louis Stevenson gives away major parts of the plot and creates the false impression that the novel is autobiographical.
The central character and narrator is a young man named David Balfour (Balfour Stevenson be the mother's maiden name), but Callow resources, whose parents have recently died and who is out to make his way in the world. You are given a letter Essendean Minister, Mr. Campbell, who gave the ominous House of Shaws in Cramond, where David's uncle, Ebenezer Balfour, lives. On his journey, David asks many people that the House of Shaws is, and they all speak of the dark as a place of fear and evil.
David arrives at the House of Shaws and attempts to enter. His uncle distrusts him and appears mentally unstable. Ebenezer is miserable, eating only "parritch" and ale, despite its big money. David offers a gift of forty guineas to build trust between them and then asks David to get a chest from the top of a tower in the house. David is forced to scale the stairs in the dark, and realizes that not only are the uneven stairs, but simply end after a few steps and fall into the abyss. Therefore, David realizes that his uncle was planning to kill him to avoid having to give over his inheritance.
Ebenezer David faces, which again becomes silent and mysterious. A child arrives the next day, Ransome, who says that Captain Ebenezer Hoseason a brig, the Covenant should meet with him to discuss business. Ebenezer has David South Queensferry, where Hoseason expected, and David makes the mistake of leaving his uncle alone with the captain, while visits to the docks with Ransome. Hoseason later offers to take on board the brig briefly, and David complies, only to see his uncle to return to earth in a skiff and being beaten in the head by a sailor.
David wakes up bound hand and foot in the ship's hull. He is weakened with the disease and one of the officers of the Covenant, Mr. Riach, convinces David Hoseason to move to the bow. Ransome, the cabin boy in the Covenant, is abused and mistreated by another officer, Mr Shuan, who then kills him. David is rejected by the behavior of the crew, and later learns that they have been ordered to sell him into slavery in the Carolinas.
David takes over as cabin boy, and ship strikes a small boat from France. All of his crew are killed, except one man, Alan Breck Stewart (), which is brought on board Hoseason and offers a sum of money to land in the fall of France and beyond. David overhears the crew later planning to kill Alan and all his money, so he warns, and the two barricades in the round house where combat crew. Alan kills Shuan, and David Hoseason wounds. Five of the crew are dead.
Alan is a Jacobite Catholic who supports the claim of the House of Stuart to the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland.
Hoseason has no choice but to take the step of Alan and David back to the mainland. David tells his story to Alan, and Alan explains that the country from which the tyrannical Appin is under the administration of the Red Fox, a British officer who actually is a Campbell, Colin Roy of Glenure. Alan votes if they find the Red Fox, kill him.
Pact soon becomes trapped on a reef during a storm, in its attempt to load the boat and escape, David is thrown overboard by a wave and washed in what he considered to be a solitary island, but after
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