After the ship’s return, Edmund is appointed captain of the Pharon in place of the recently deceased one and every sailor on board recommended him for the job. Every sailor but one.
That sailor's name was Danglars. Danglars was jealous of Dantes and hated him so he, with the help of someone named Villefort and Dantes’ fiancé’s former lover Fernand, Danglars puts into action a devious scheme to put Dantes out once and for all.
Apparently, the Pharon had been to a tiny island of Elba and Edmund had gone ashore to deliver a letter to the one and only Napoleon Bonaparte. Danglars accused Dantes as being a Bonapartist and a traitor to the King of France.
Edmund, in the middle of his marriage procession, is arrested and brought to the Assistant Prosecutor who happened to be Villefort. Villefort, without putting Dantes on trial, burns the evidence of Dantes’ innocence and sends him to the dreaded prison, the Chateau d’If to live out his life in misery.
Many years pass until Edmund, with the help of the presumably mad priest Abbé Faria, escapes from the prison armed with a map the leads to a treasure cave on the isle of Monte Cristo. With the aid of his immense fortune and newly acquired knowledge, Dantes becomes known as the Count of Monte Cristo and embarks on a quest to track down and seek vengeance on his accusers.