When I picked it up, I thought it was a pirate novel, but it's not. Rather, part of it's a lot LIKE a pirate novel, but then it switches into a Scottish Highland adventure. It's a coming-of-age tale.
I was very amused by this line of dialog, spoken by an attorney:
Now, Mr. David, they talk a great deal of charity and generosity; but in this disputable state of life, I often think the happiest consequences seem to flow when a gentleman consults his lawyer, and takes all the law allows him.David Balfour risks his neck,
Accompanied by Alan Breck.
He starts off as a foolish youth,
But finishes a man in truth.