In the year 1866, the whole maritime population of Europe and America is excited by a mysterious and inexplicable phenomenon. The excitement is caused by an enormous “something” that ships often encounter. It is a long spindle-shaped object, sometimes glowing, much larger and much faster than a whale. Some people call it the terrible “Moby Dick,” while others call it the “kraken.”
A year later, and after two incidents, the “monster” becomes a serious danger to be avoided because it endangers the lives of people. All maritime disasters which could not be satisfactorily explained are blamed to the “monster.” The public loudly demands that the seas be rid of the “monster.”
The United States acts quickly, deciding to search the ocean for this “monster.” A very fast frigate, the Abraham Lincoln, with Captain Farragut aboard, is armed and tasked to pursue it. Three hours before the Abraham Lincoln sails to find the “monster,” Pierre Aronnax-a professor in the Paris Museum of Natural History-receives a letter from the Secretary of Marine, inviting him to join the expedition of the Abraham Lincoln.
Along with his faithful servant Conseil and a harpooner named Ned Land, Pierre Aronnax discovers the mystery behind the “monster”, travels twenty thousand leagues in less than ten months, and sees parts of the seas that no man has seen before.
Vividly illustrated and set in easy-to-read large font, this collector’s edition can be enjoyed by young readers today and for generations to come.