When a young weaver is falsely accused, by his best friend, of stealing from a dying man his world is shattered. Subsequently rejected by his church community in Lantern Yard and disowned by his fiancé, Silas Marner flees to anonymity far away in the country village of Raveloe. Rejecting the past, he withdraws into a solitary life, sustained only by hoarding a fortune in gold coins amassed through years of toil at the loom. With a mind and heart closed to the world Marner, known locally as a strange half crazy miser, is crushed again when, on a chill winter's night, the money disappears from his cottage with explanation. Then, on New Year's Eve, he discovers a golden haired child on the hearth where his riches had been and Silas Marner's life is mysteriously transformed. A powerful tale of rejection and redemption, Silas Marner is a moving evocation of love and relationships in a rural community in the early years of the nineteenth century.