Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth.
The Bennets have five daughters, all without dowries, so they have limited chances of marrying. Then the rich Charles Bingley arrives in the district and takes a keen interest in Jane Bennet. At Bingley's house, Jane's sharp-tongued sister Elizabeth sees more of his friend, Fitzwilliam Darcy - but she finds him too arrogant for her.
A visit from the Bennets' cousin, Mr Collins, throws the family into disarray, while Elizabeth's acquaintance with Wickham solidifies her distrust and dislike of Darcy.
Bingley and his household return to London suddenly, leaving Jane to suppose he does not care about her after all. Lizzie discovers who was behind the separation and receives another surprising offer.
Darcy defends himself against Elizabeth's accusations, and later they meet at his house, Pemberley. While there, Elizabeth makes an astonishing discovery about Darcy which changes her feelings about him.
Elizabeth meets Darcy's younger sister, Georgiana. Then news comes that Lydia has eloped with Wickham, and the Bennets fear she is lost. Darcy decides to help Lydia - but without telling the Bennet family or Elizabeth.
Mrs Bennet is delighted to have one of her daughters married at last. Elizabeth sees Wickham in his true colours when she meets him again after his elopement. There is great excitement in the neighbourhood when Bingley returns to Netherfield, bringing Darcy with him.