Jules Verne is one of my favorite authors. He was writing steampunk before steampunk was steampunk. He possessed a wild imagination that brought to life the Nautilus and the creatures of the ocean floor.
The story centers on Professor Aronnax as our narrator, guiding us as he is captive abroad the underwater vessel the Nautilus. He, his assistant Conseil, and a harpoonist Ned Land are thrown overboard at the beginning of the story on their hunt for a mysterious giant squid. To their surprise, the giant squid they believe they’ve found is actually a submarine created and lived in by Captain Nemo.