After serving a draconian prison term for stealing bread, Jean Valjean is released. He resorts to petty crime, but Bishop Myriel teaches him a valuable lesson.
Marius mans the barricades, where a hostile Valjean intercepts him. They end up fleeing together.
Jean Valjean is released from prison and learns a valuable lesson from Bishop Myriel.
Living respectably as a provincial mayor and factory owner, Valjean hires the single mother Fantine.
Valjean saves an innocent man at enormous personal cost and tracks down Fantine's daughter Cosette.
Cosette moves to Paris under Valjean's protection and meets the handsome law student Marius.
As revolution sweeps Paris, Valjean and Cosette hide out and Marius searches for Cosette.