Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, travel writer, and essayist. He was a celebrity during his lifetime for works like "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "Treasure Island". Now he is one of the most translated authors in the world. Left unfinished at his death, "St. Ives" is one of Stevenson's last romances, still considered having the same stellar qualities as his earlier works. The story follows a French soldier and his adventures with the army, the time as a prisoner and the travels around Britain after his release.