An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy & forgiveness, The Count of Monte Cristo (p. 1845) by Alexandre Dumas centers around a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes, acquires a fortune, and sets about getting revenge. His plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty. In addition, it is a story that involves romance, loyalty, betrayal, & selfishness shown throughout as characters slowly reveal their true inner nature