Huckleberry Finn is perhaps the best-loved and most enduring hero in all of American literature. His journeys have become the classic representation of the search for freedom and self-identity. Kidnapped by his drunken, money-grubbing father, Huck escapes and makes his way down the Mississippi River. He meets a runaway slave named Jim and together, they become embroiled in all manner of adventures, even getting mixed up with a pair of shady con artists. In the end, Huck and Jim forge a friendship as meaningful as humanly possible. Huckleberry Finn endeavors to delve quite a bit deeper into the complexities, both joyful and tragic, of life-and it succeeds brilliantly.