Jules Verne's 1872 novel Around the World in Eighty Days is an adventure story about a rather peculiar English gentleman, Phileas Fogg, who surprises all those who know him by wagering with his friends at their exclusive club that he can circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. His friends having accepted the wager, Fogg sets off immediately with his newly-hired servant, a Frenchman named Jean Passepartout, on their journey. During the journey that follows, Fogg and Passepartout experience many adventures that threaten to disrupt their schedule, which would cost Fogg a great deal of money. The most persistent obstacle in their way is a Scotland Yard investigator named Inspector Fix who believes Fogg guilty of robbery and pursues the innocent gentleman literally to the ends of the Earth in his efforts at capturing the bandit.
While Fogg and Passepartout experience many adventures along the way, the most important involves their rescue when crossing India of a woman named Aouda, who had been condemned to a fiery death as part of a ritualistic funeral process involving her deceased husband. The duo becomes a trio for the remainder of their journey, although they meet and travel briefly along the way with other colorful and sometimes troublesome individuals. Verne's story ends with Fogg returning home convinced that he has just barely missed the deadline. Passepartout, however, realizes that they actually arrived home a day early, having failed to recognize that they had crossed the international date line. Fogg wins the bet and marries Aouda.