The novel King Solomon's Mines involves an intriguing character by the name of Allan Quatermain. Quatermain is asked for help by a rich man, Sir Henry Curtis, in a search for his lost brother. Sir Henry's brother desired treasures which reside in King Solomon�s Mines and was presumably lost on his journey.
Quatermain is the daring leader of the expedition, in addition to adventure he wants part of the treasure sitting in King Solomon's Mines. This is supposedly his last job whether he finds the treasure or not. He believes that the dangerous journey will consume his life; yet he agrees to embark on the quest anyway.
Read King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard, one of 57 of his works available free from Project Gutenberg.