The French author Restif de la Bretonne lived through the ten years of the French Revolution. Restif was a simple man who had little interest in politics, but he was unable to avoid becoming involved in the terrible events of those years.
At the beginning of the Reign of Terror, the Marquis de St Croix asks Restif to look after his teenage daughters, Elise and Paulette. The Marquis and his wife refuse to flee from the bloodthirsty mobs of Paris, and he begs Restif to take the two girls to safety.
Restif agrees to do this, little realizing how dangerous the task will prove to be. Elise and Paulette are captured by the revolutionaries and are condemned to death as enemies of the people. Restif succeeds in securing their release, however, with the assistance of Sir Percy Blakeney, a fearless Englishman who has already saved the lives of hundreds of French aristocrats by smuggling them out of France.
The above story line is interwoven with explicit details of Restif's amorous adventures during the French Revolution. Although he is no longer a young man, Restif's sexual powers are still as strong as ever. His many conquests include the notorious courtesan Rose de Beauharnais (who later married Napoleon Bonaparte and changed her name to Josephine); Charlotte Robespierre (sister of Maximilien Robespierre); and Marguerite St Just (wife of Sir Percy Blakeney).
Length of story is over 29,000 words.