Silas Marner is an enchanting tale of guilt and innocence, and the redemptive power of love. Embittered by his past, miserly Marner retreats into a lonely life with his hoarded gold. Then fate steals his riches and leaves instead a golden-haired child. The secret of the young girl's past and who stole the gold are at the heart of this compelling classic. It is a fascinating picture of early nineteenth-century England and a simple way of life that was soon to disappear.