The show follows the story of Jean Valjean, a man who became a prisoner after stealing food to feed his starving family. He skips parole, and is pursued by police inspector Javert. Other characters include Fantine, a factory worker turned prostitute after she loses her job, and her daughter Cosette. She is being raised by The Thénardiers; an untrustworthy husband and wife who run a small, and not quite legitimate inn. Their daughter Eponine becomes involved in a student rebellion led by idealist Enjorlas, and his friend Marius, who falls in love with Cosette.