Phileas Fogg, a distinguished but sedentary member of London's Reform Club, takes up a wager that he can circle the globe in just eighty days-an amazing feat in the 1870s. The lively narrative recounts the journey by Fogg and his valet, Passepartout, in order to win the wager with Fogg's fellow club members. The pair undertake a fantastic world tour crossing three continents and two oceans and utilizing every means of transportation available in the 1870s: trains, steamers, an elephant, and a sail-sledge. All the while, they are being pursued by a private detective named Fix, who believes Fogg to be a bank robber. Assorted companions join the party, including a damsel in distress named Aouda, whom Fogg rescues. Phileas Fogg, back in London-having just by the remotest chance met the deadline, convinced Fix of his innocence, and collected the payment-now returns to his former life unchanged but for having Aouda as his bride.
This is a marvelous travelogue mixed with dazzling suspense, delightful fantasy, and lively comedy where frustrating delays and death-defying exploits abound.