Once again, Luke is called to the penitentiary, though for once the
Daltons haven't escaped. They have, however, just learned that their
cousin Emmett, last survivor of the original Dalton gang, has a son -
and that Averell was chosen as his godfather! Now Lucky Luke has to
accompany the dumbest bandits in the West to the young boy's house,
as Averell has been temporarily entrusted with his education. A job
that his brothers see as an excellent opportunity to get rich ...
Big surprise for the Lonesome Cowboy: a rich widow and admirer of his
exploits has bequeathed him a 250 acre cotton plantation in
Louisiana! Thrust into the role of a rich landowner, welcomed as one
by his white neighbours, he will have to fight to gain the trust of
his terrified black employees and split his heritage among them. A
goal towards which he'll receive help from the local Cajun community,
and from ... the Daltons!
While dragging the Daltons back to a new prison after their umpteenth escape, Luke comes across a French sculptor, Bartholdi, who's touring the West with a strange sculpture: a colossal hand holding a torch. In fact, it's part of the now famous Statue of Liberty, and Bartholdi is raising funds towards its construction and transport from France. It's not long before our cowboy is recruited by his government to escort Lady Liberty ... from Paris!
While taking part in a rodeo in Wisconsin, Lucky Luke and Jolly Jumper meet Mario Bombardier, a Quebecois cowboy, and his mare the beautiful Province. It's love at first sight for the two horses, and after the inevitable separation, Jolly Jumper can't stop moping. Eventually Luke decides to head to Quebec in order to arrange a reunion - and discovers the merry atmosphere of the Nouvelle France: mounted police, bar fights, poutine, traditional French songs ... and an unscrupulous, wealthy banker...
After their umpteenth defeat at Lucky Luke's hands, the Dalton brothers get into a big argument that ends with the four of them splitting up. They make a deal: Whoever is first to get a million dollars will be the leader of the gang. Going their separate ways, trying various schemes, each spreads his own kind of mayhem, forcing poor Lucky Luke to do four times the work to keep up with their antics !
Ulysses S. Grant's second term is ending, and the USA must elect a new president. After the many corruption scandals of the previous administration, the Republican Party has selected an upstanding candidate, Rutherford B. Hayes. However, a rich Texas oil tycoon with his eye on the White House has other ideas, and money can buy many votes... or bullets. Luke is called upon to protect Hayes as he tours the wild, wild West...
It's the start of the 1860s, and the Old West is changing-a change that comes as a shock to the Daltons when they're arrested not by Lucky Luke, but by... Allan Pinkerton! The man is determined to turn bandit-hunting into a modern, rational business-even at the cost of the American people's personal freedom. It'll be up to Lucky Luke to ensure that the USA is protected against all evil-doers, rascals and lawmen alike...
Urgent message for the Dalton brothers: the president has approved a special measure to combat overpopulation in the country's prisons. They're going to be... hanged! Their last hope lies in a little known law that would see them walk free if they were to marry. A frantic Ma Dalton tries to locate brides for her boys, but their reputation precedes them, and the only candidates she eventually locates could well turn out to be a worse choice than the rope...