The story begins in England. We are introduced to Fogg, a wealthy, solitary, unmarried man with regular habits. The source of his wealth is not known and he lives modestly. He fires his former butler, James Forster, for bringing him his shaving water two degrees too cold. He hires as a replacement, Passepartout, a Frenchman of about 30.
Later that day in the Reform Club, he gets into a conversation with his fellow card players as to whether it is possible to go around the world in eighty days. He believes it is possible and is challenged to complete the adventure with a bet of 20,000 pounds. This is the beginning of the entire plot and from then on we see how Fogg goes around the world and we witness the amazing adventures that he has with his companions. While disembarking in Egypt, he is watched by a Scotland Yard detective named Fix, who has been despatched from London in search of a bank robber. Because Fogg matches the description of the bank robber, Fix mistakenly believes Fogg to be the criminal. Since he cannot secure a warrant in time, Fix goes on board the steamer to Bombay. During the voyage, Fix gets acquainted with Passepartout, but does not reveal his purpose for following them on the journey.
The main plot is based on Fogg‟s travels, while the sub-plot surrounds the suspicion that Fogg might be a clever robber. Passepartout too wonders whether his master might be a robber though in his heart he has ample trust in Fogg‟s integrity.
The plot moves ahead with Fogg striving through various obstacles to reach London in time. He goes through Brindisi, Suez, Bombay, Calcutta, Hong Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco, New York and finally Liverpool. Fix arrests Fogg at Liverpool. Fogg is unable to arrive in London as planned. He thinks that he has missed the deadline when in reality, he reached London a full day earlier. Thus Fogg wins the wager and in the course of his travels, he finds himself a worthy, charming and beautiful wife, Aouda too.