The film revolves around a prisoner, Jean Valjean, who has been set free. He was imprisoned for nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread for his starving family. He decides to redeem himself in the eyes of God. But he is chased by Javert, a police inspector who believes solely in atonement through the Law. While trying to escape, Valjean encounters many impoverished characters who help him seek redemption for his sins along the way.