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Aramis converses with a prisoner who turns out to be Philippe, the King of France's twin brother.
Aramis offers to secretly get him out of jail and put him on the throne, in exchange for power, fame, fortune, and control of people's souls.
After successfully exchanging the twins while at a big party at Vaux, Aramis relates the story to Fouquet, a courtier whose life had been in danger while King Louis was in power.
Fouquet is outraged at such an act of treason, and tells Aramis that he has four hours' head start to get out of town. Because Fouquet is a compassionate man, he says Aramis can seek refuge in his fortress, Belle-Isle.
Aramis takes off with Porthos, leaving Philippe to fend for himself.
On the way to Belle-Isle, the Aramis and Porthos stop for a visit with Athos, who is busy consoling his son Raoul.
Aramis tells the truth about the situation to Athos. Aramis and Porthos then head to Belle-Isle.
On Belle-Isle, Aramis is finally obliged to tell Porthos the whole truth behind their flight.
D'Artagnan comes over for a visit and three friends attempt to formulate a way out of their situation.
No such luck; D'Artagnan is foiled by the King's representatives at every turn and the rebels are left facing a small army.
Aramis devises an escape plan. He supervises the killing of over a hundred soldiers. (Porthos does the leg work.)
After burying his friend, Porthos, Aramis heads to Spain and reinvents himself as a Spanish duke.
Four years later, he returns to France and is welcomed at court as an ambassador.
Aramis is the only member of the four Musketeers who is alive at the novel's end.