* Dumas comes across the Memoirs of Monsieur d'Artagnan while in the Bibliotheque Nationale researching King Louis the Fourteenth.
* Dumas confirms the adventures in the memoirs and discoveres the true identities of Athos, Porthos and Aramis.
* Dumas presents this story as a previously undiscovered manuscript that brings to light the details missing from d'Artagnan's memoirs.
* The story begins in April 1625, when d'Artagnan is leaving his father to journey to Paris in hopes of becoming a Musketeer.
* His father gives him three parting gifts: a old horse, 13 crowns, and a letter of introduction to M. de Treville, the captain of the Musketeers.
* d'Artagnan's father and M. de Treville are neighbors and friends.
* d'Artagnan also gets the recipe for his mother's miraculous healing balm.
* On his trip to Paris, d'Artagnan is insulted by a man who steals his letter of introduction and escapes dueling d'Artagnan over the...
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