Kidnapped is an adventure novel by Scottish-born author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886. Set in Scotland in the year 1751, it centers on the daring exploits of 17-year-old David Balfour, whose villainous uncle has him kidnapped to steal his inheritance. This conflict occurs against the backdrop of a larger struggle between Scotland’s Jacobite Highlanders and the Whig Lowlanders.


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