Heathcliff and Cathy have been inseparable since their childhood, but become parted from each other as they grow older. When Cathy marries another man, her choice brings bitterness and terrible revenge. The dangerous passion between her and Heathcliff will prove to be greater than anything, even death.
Every day the miserly Silas Marner works, and every night he takes his hoard of gold out from under his floorboards and counts it. Then his fortunes change abruptly. And when an abandoned child, Eppie, finds her way into his home, Silas is given a chance to transform his life forever.
No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth than the alluring, resourceful Becky Sharp, who ruthlessly clambers up the social ladder while her sweet, sentimental friend Amelia longs for her worthless soldier lover. As fortunes change, and battles are fought at home and abroad, who will survive?
Paul Morel both loves and is repelled by his mother, a good woman who makes up for her poor marriage to a violent, uneducated man by lavishing all her attention on her sons. But as Paul grows up and takes lovers, the feelings between mother and son will produce only terrible conflict between what Paul wants, and what he truly needs.
Orphaned and penniless, young David Balfour sets out to find his last living relative. But in doing so he will become caught up the greatest and most frightening adventure of his life, involving kidnap, shipwreck, murder and a dramatic flight across the Scottish highlands with the fiery, swordfighting fugitive Alan Breck.
Frederic Moreau, a young man in search of excitement, falls in love with Mme Arnoux, a beautiful, dark haired older woman. His fascination will last a lifetime, as he works to become first an acquaintance of her husband, then a firm family friend. But Frederic's hard-won closeness to Mme Arnoux will not bring satisfaction; only his own ultimate betrayal of love.