London, 1872. Inspired by a news story, Phileas Fogg is goaded into betting that he can circle the globe in just 80 days, despite never having been abroad before. He sets off with his new valet, Jean Passepartout, and finds that journalist Abigail Fix, the daughter of his friend Fortescue, is joining him to document the journey.
The trio land in the heart of the Italian countryside and hitch a ride on the train to Brindisi. But on board, Fogg encounters an arrogant bully who is challenged by Fogg's easy rapport with his young, grieving son.
Stuck on Yemen's west coast, foolhardy Fogg decides on a dangerous desert crossing, leaving Abigail Fix in a place where even a fellow Englishwoman proves hostile.
In remote India, Fogg grumpily waits for a wedding to be over, but the groom is grabbed by the army. Passepartout is torn about potentially sabotaging the trip, while Miss Fix's self-belief has been shaken.
Having history in Hong Kong, Passepartout is useful when Fogg's finances are blocked. However there is a high price to be paid. Abigail's latest article could humiliate Phileas at a party in his honour.
Pacific castaways, Passepartout attempts to atone for his treachery, and Abigail is apologetic, but Phileas remains stubborn as revelations and regrets drive wedges between them. The Reform Club hears the distressing news that Fogg and `Fix' are lost at sea.
Abigail `Fix' Fortescue
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