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Newly arrived in Paris, young, eager D'Artagnan of Gascony seeks out his godfather, Captain de Treville, the commander of King Louis XIII's loyal defenders, the Musketeers, and expresses his desire to join their ranks. After cockily challenging Aramis, Athos and Porthos, the infamous Three Musketeers, to separate duels, D'Artagnan is set upon by Cardinal Richelieu's vicious guards and, fighting them off, wins the respect of the Musketeers. With the Three Musketeers' help, D'Artagnan finds first a servant named Planchet and then lodging in the house of the beautiful Constance, lady in waiting to Queen Anne. The aspiring Musketeer becomes entangled in the queen's platonic affair with the Duke of Buckingham, swearing to protect her against the traitorous intrigues of the usurping Duc de Rochefort. When de Rochefort discovers that the queen has given her valuable diamond brooch to Buckingham as a peace token, he suggests to the king that the queen be asked to wear the jewels at the king's anniversary celebration. The Three Musketeers and D'Artagnan undertake to retrieve the brooch in London before the ball, and are almost stopped by de Rochefort and his murderous accomplice, Lady de Winter. After chases, escapes and intense duelling, the brooch is returned to the queen in time to thwart de Rochefort's plot, and D'Artagnan is officially declared a full-fledged Musketeer.