Silas Marner is a weaver in a small religious community, Lantern Yard. He is also a well-regarded member of a dissenting chapel. Silas is engaged to a young servant-woman named Sarah and thinks that his future happiness is assured… that is until he is betrayed by a fellow parishioner, who blames him for a theft that he did not commit, and he is expelled from the congregation... he finds out later that his former fiancée married the man who had betrayed him.
Silas settles in a new town, only to be robbed of all his gold and worldly goods, but his life is turned around when he adopts a young orphan, whos opium-addicted mother has died in the bleak snowy winter.
Silas Marner is a tale of familial love and loyalty, reward and punishment, and simple, humble friendships.
Sian Phillips gives a wonderful performance on Silksoundbooks' Silas Marner audiobook - available for immediate download in MP3 or iPod audiobook format.