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by Robert Louis Stevenson
Alan Breck Stewart Timeline and Summary
Alan meets Davie aboard the Covenant. Alan was traveling in a small boat heading to France when his vessel hit the Covenant and sank. He is the only survivor of his boat. Alan is carrying a belt full of gold that tempts Captain Hoseason to attack him. Davie helps Alan defend himself. Alan manages to beat back Captain Hoseason and demands to be dropped off in Appin country. Hoseason agrees, but the Covenant hits a rock and sinks before they can make it safely to shore. Alan escapes Hoseason on the shore of the island of Mull and leaves secret messages for Davie to meet up with him in Appin. Alan encounters Davie in the forest of Lettermore, just when the Red Fox (Colin Roy Campbell of Glenure) is shot. Alan helps Davie escape across the Highlands, to the house of his brother, James Stewart. James is freaking out because his widely known hatred of the Red Fox will make him a prime suspect in the murder. James is sure that he is going to be arrested and tells Alan to run away with Davie. Alan and Davie flee east, trying to get back to the Lowlands. After passing through the country of the Camerons, the Macphersons, and the home of Duncan Dhu Maccoll, Alan and Davie make it to Queensferry. Alan lies low while Davie goes into town to meet with Mr. Rankeillor, the lawyer. Davie rejoins Alan, accompanied by Rankeillor. Alan agrees to help Davie confront his evil uncle Ebenezer. Posing as a Highlander holding Davie for profit, Alan succeeds in getting Ebenezer to admit that he arranged for Davie's kidnapping. With this knowledge, Rankeillor has enough leverage over Ebenezer to force him to hand over the cash from the Shaws estate that is rightfully Davie's. Davie and Alan walk toward Edinburgh, where Davie plans to visit a bank and Alan to arrange a boat to take him to France. The two part ways and the book closes.