The novel opens with Guy Mannering casting the horoscope for the newborn heir to the Laird of Ellengowan. Unfortunately Guy's predictions were correct, and Henry Bertram is kidnapped at age five and eventually adopted by a Dutch merchant. Amidst the chaos of the time Harry must find his rightful place or lose his inheritance forever. The novel is also notable for its vividly portrayed minor characters, including Meg Merrilies who was based on the real life 'queen of the gypsies'.
Hunchbacked, one-eyed, lame and eventually deaf, Quasimodo is the bell-ringer at the Notre Dame cathedral in 15th century Paris, France. A victim of constant ridicule, Quasimodo finds greatest solace and happiness in these bells. He loves them like no other, until he happens upon the beautiful gypsy, La Esmerelda. A hunchback, an Archdeacon, a playwright and a handsome Captain - each enchanted by La Esmerelda. Accusations of sorcery, a sham marriage, mayhem and murder - The Hunchback of Notre Dame continues to entertain.