Dramatic, stirring, and romantic, the story of d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, and their famous code of "one for all and all for one", remains an unsurpassed tale of adventure and heroism. The Three Musketeers (1844) is one of the most famous historical novels ever written. It is also one of the world's greatest adventure stories, and its heroes have become symbols for the spirit of youth, daring, and comradeship. The action takes place in the 1620's at the court of Louis XIII, where the Musketeers, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, with their companion, the headstrong d'Artagnan, are engaged in a battle against Richelieu, the king's minister, and the beautiful, unscrupulous spy, Milady. Behind the flashing blades and bravura, in this first adventure of the Musketeers, Dumas explores the eternal conflict between good and evil.