Epic Charles Dickens tale of passion, greed and betrayal. Lizzie and her father scrape a living on the banks of the Thames until one day they recover a body that links them with another world.
The Boffins inherit a fortune when John Harmon, the only son and heir of their old employer, apparently drowns. A death brings Eugene Wrayburn into the life of Lizzie Hexam.
Lizzie finds herself being pursued by two suitors who become bitter rivals. Meanwhile, she finds a home.
Mr Boffin becomes a miser. Bella Wilfer marries John Rokesmith. Eugene Wrayburn tracks down Lizzie Hexam, then Bradley Headstone attacks Eugene and leaves him for dead.
Eugene marries Lizzie and Bella finds out her husband is John Harmon. Mr Boffin admits his change of personality was to test her character. Bradley Headstone and Riderhood drown.