A major bank robbery has rocked the nation. A gentleman thief has broken into the Bank of England and made off with a substantial sum of money. The daring heist is the talk of the Reform Club, where someone mentions how easy it would be for the thief to make himself scarce. Phileas Fogg, however, is not so sure. With developments in transport technology the world's a much smaller place than it used to be and so it wouldn't be that easy for the thief to remain hidden for long. Out of this brief exchange emerges the bet that will see Fogg attempt his daring circumnavigation of the globe in just eighty days.
Fogg himself is most certainly not the bank robber. But Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard is convinced that he is. In Fix's experience as a detective, all serious criminals are so-called gentlemen; he's not going to allow himself to get taken in by Fogg's wealth and respectability. So the intrepid Fix sets off around the world on his own journey, hot on the heels of Phileas Fogg, determined to bring him to justice for the Bank of England robbery.