Jules Verne’s science-fiction story 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has captivated English readers since its translation from French in 1873. When ships begin disappearing, and what appears to be a giant whale is sighted, the government sends out an expedition to investigate. Joining the expedition are French scientist Pierre Aronnax, his assistant Conseil, and the harpooner Ned Land. A battle with the discovered sea monster throws all three men overboard, tossing them into an acquaintance with the mad submarine commander, Captain Nemo. Aboard his vessel, the Nautilus, the crew and visitors explore the globe, traveling to places real and fictitious. They battle giant sea creatures, losing a crewmember in the chaos. Nemo has taken the three men prisoner, fearing they will divulge the existence of the Nautilus, and they manage to escape only after Nemo attacks another ship, sending the doomed vessel to a watery grave. Aronnax and the two others return to dry land, while the fate of the Nautilus remains a mystery. An adventure story for readers ten and up, Verne's tale remains one of the best and most beloved science-fiction stories to date.