Natalis Delpierre, a Captain in the French Army, recounts the tale of his visit in the summer of 1792 when he went to visit his sister, Irma, who was living in Prussia in the service of Madame Keller and her son Jean. The time of his visit coincides with rumors of France and Germany going to war. When war does break out Jean Keller is forced to join the Prussian Army and serve under the man who is his rival for the attention of Mademoiselle Martha de Lauranay, a man he was scheduled to duel. Martha, her father, Irma and Natalis are forced to leave Prussia on the road to France. Meanwhile, Madame Keller, who is devoted to her son, starts to follow Jean wherever his unit is being deployed. This only lasts a short time as Jean is forced to desert the Army after he strikes his rival and superior officer, then he and his mother must also try to escape to France.
Synopsis ©2006, The Works of Jules Verne
Used with permission.
Original title: Le Chemin de France
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure
- Also published as "The Road to France."