•DUNCAN DHU MACLAREN•MR. RANKEILLOR• JAMES OF GLENS•ALAN BRECK STEWART• MR. ELIAS HOSEASON•MR.CAMPBELL•NEIL ROY MACROB• RANSOME•MR.RIACH
1. I SET OFF MY JOURNEY2. I COME TO MY JOURNEY’S END3. I MEET MY UNCLE4. I RUN A GREAT DANGER IN THE HOUSE OF SHAWS5. I GO TO QUEEN’S FERRY6. I GO TO THE SEA IN THE CONVENANT7. THE MAN WITH THE BELT OF GOLD8. THE BATTLE IN THE ROUNDHOUSE9. THE LOSS OF THE BRIG10. THE LAD WITH THE SILVER BUTTON11. THE DEATH OF THE RED FOX12. THE FLIGHT THROUGH THE HEATHER13. THE QUARREL14. THE END OF THE FLIGHT15. I MEET MR. RANKEILLOR16. GOODBYE!
This chapter gives the introduction of DAVID BALFOUR and Mr. CAMPBELLhis friend instructs him to visit him his ancestrol house “THE HOUSE OFSHAWS” in CRAMOND where his uncle “Ebenzer BALFOUR” resides. AsDavid’s father told to Mr. Campbell , giving him a letter.In this chapter David finally reaches Cramond but he still doesnot know the exact location of the “House Of The Shaws” so hekeeps asking people and reaches the house. But he see’s thehouse in a very bad situation and hesitates to go in. But finally he kicks and blows out ”Mr. Ebenzer”. After a short timetime the door is opened.
David finally meets his uncle. Mr. Ebenzer is a very silentman and talks less which David finds very unusual.He suddenly sometimes speaks that to for a very short time.In the “House Of Shaws” David experiences many deathly dangers.Fortunately David is save without getting hurted. Now David startsunderstanding that these all were his uncle’s plan to kill him but he doesnot understands the reason. Therefore he straight away asks Ebenzerthat why he is trying to kill him but Ebenzer says him he would tell thisnext morning.
The next morning David reminds his uncle of his words i.e. to explain David why he wanted to killhim. Then there is a visitor named Ransom who asks to immediately move to the dockyard. ThenEbenzer tells David to tell him about the incidents later and they leave for the Deck. But it was acruel plan of Ebenzer to get him kidnapped on ship named “CONVENANT” and then sell him as aslave.Now David is kidnapped and is taken to be sold on the shipConvenant. The captain of the ship is Mr. Hoseason. Mr. Riach there on the ship was helpful to him and often Ransome came to meet David and he used tocritisize Mr. Shuan another person on the ship who was mostly drunken. Then David was againshifted to another room as Mr. Shuan killed Ransome and now David was given his duty. Davidwas to be always present in the Roundhouse for Mr. Shuan’s needs.
On the tenth day, the ship accidentally due to foggy weather hit another small ship due towhich all its passengers were killed except one. He was named Alan Breck Stewart. He askedthe captain for help as he was running from the british soldiers and in return promised to payhis gold guinea which he kept in a money belts. They finalized the deal in sixty guineas.The captain plans to kill Alan. David knows this, and informs Alan. A fight begins between thecaptain’s crew and Alan along with David. Alan and David defeat the crew, killing Shuan. OnlyHoseason, Riach with some two three people left. Alan command Hoseason to take the ship LinnheLoch.
The ship is taken to the port as told by Alan but accidentlythey hit a reef and is destroyed. Hence they escape withboat but soon lost each other. David reaches the landand is happy. Now he searches for life on the island. David is upset as he is not able to find anyone. After a long search he reaches a house where he sees and old man. The old man identifies David with the silver button gave by Alan(Alan told if David shows this button in his place anyone will recognise him). After a long journey he meets another man Neil Roy who is also friend of Alan.
Colin Campbell (The Kings Factor, or agent, in the Highlands). Also the enemy of Alan. David is accused for killing Colin and is fetched but suddenly Alan appears in front of him and runs fleds away with David. Both are chased by english soldiers but somehow they escape and reach a bridge which could help them to escape from the country but it is guarded by the soldiers.The news of Colin Campbell’s murder travelled very fast. Both ofthem were being chased by soldiers but they didn’t lose hope andran. Finally Alan met two men, who could take them to Clunny,Alan’s friend.
They reached Clunny’s house, where they were secure and Alan started playinggame of cards with Clunny and lost his and David’s money. They left but bothquarreled for the bidding. Finally after a long quarrel they reunited and becamefriends. They travelled and reached the bridge which could lead them to freedom ofchasing soldiers but it was to guarded by British men.Both Alan and David go in a café and meet a girl and Alan thinksof a plan.. They go out of the café and Alan tell David how theycan use the girl for there purpose. He tells that the girl can providethem with boat with the help of which they can cross the river without the bridge.David does as Alan tells and they are helped by the girl to go to Queensferry’ shore.
In Queensferry David meets Mr. Rankeillor, the lawyer(he was there family lawyer who had the bill to give the property of Shaws to David. Ebenzer toldDavid about Mr. Rakeillor). Daivid told all the matter to him. Then Mr.Rankeillor tells David that his uncle wanted the property for himself that isthe fact he did so. Then with the help of Alan Ebenzer was tricked and made to give two third of the property to David.When Rankeillor takes Mr. Balfour aside to settle property matters, Ebenezer agrees to giveDavid two-thirds of the entire property of Shaws. David, Alan and Torrance celebrate theoccasion with drinks. The next morning, as Rankeillor and Torrance bid the boy farewell, Davidsthoughts center on Alan. He would be leaving his friend in a short while. Troubled by thisthought, he accompanies Alan to Edinburgh. At a chosen spot, they take leave of each other insilence, but their hearts are full of admiration for one another. It is agreed that David will eithermeet Alan or send a messenger to meet him every day at a particular spot until the lawyer arrangesfor Alans safe departure to his home.