Man Lescaut is a short vel by French author Abbe Prevost. It was controversial in its time and was banned in France upon publication. Despite this, it became very popular and pirated editions were widely distributed. Set in France and Louisiana in the early 18th century, the story follows the hero, the Chevalier des Grieux, and his lover, Man Lescaut. Des Grieux comes from a ble and landed family, but forfeits his hereditary wealth and incurs the disappointment of his father by running away with Man. In Paris, the young lovers enjoy a blissful cohabitation, while Des Grieux struggles to satisfy Man's taste for luxury. He scrounges together money by borrowing from his unwaveringly loyal friend Tiberge and from cheating gamblers. The two lovers finally settle down in New Orleans, where the virtual absence of class differences allows them for a while to live in idyllic peace. But when Des Grieux reveals their unmarried state to the Goverr and asks to be wed with Man, the Goverr's nephew sets his sights on winning Man's hand. In despair, Des Grieux challenges the Goverr's nephew to a duel and kcks him unconscious. Thinking he had killed the man and fearing retribution, the couple flee New Orleans and venture into the wilderness of Louisiana, hoping to reach a neighbouring English settlement.