Exposition: Silas Marner was a young man happily engaged in a small town called Lantern Yard with his best friend, William. But, when William fell in love with his fiancee, he framed Silas for murder and he was exiled from the town. Heartbroken, he made his way to Raveleo, a small community where he shut himself out from the world. Then, two brothers, Dunstan and Godfrey Cass, who are part of the most prominent family in Raveleo are introduced.
Conflict: Dunstan, the drunk brother of respectable Godfrey owes him a large sum that Godfrey needs to give his father. But, Dunstan blackmails him to get out of it. Dunstan knows that Godfrey has a drug addicted, lower class wife and would do anything to keep it a secret from the woman he loves. Instead, Dunstan offers to sell Godfrey's horse to get the money. Meanwhile, Silas quickly becomes obsessed with his gold. It becomes his only love, modivation and purpose in his lonely life
Let me sell the horse... or I'll tell Nancy about your wife!
Rising Action: When Dunstan goes to sell the horse, he accidentally kills it. Stubling home in the dark, he comes across Silas' cabin when he wasn't home. Dunstan discovers his gold. Desperate for cash, he steals it and disappears into the night. Silas returns to find his beloved fortune gone and is devastated. He goes to the local tavern and asks for help but no one discovers the truth.
Climax: Godfrey's wife comes to see him with her child but dies in the snow from an overdose. The child wanders to Silas' cabin and after he finds out what happened, he adopts her. Godfrey knew it was his child but kept quiet and pursued Nancy instead. Dunstan never returned and Godfrey thinks his secret died with his wife. Silas raised the child as his own and names her Eppie.
Falling Action: 16 years later, Eppie turns 18 and the stone pit by Silas' hut dies up revealing the skeleton of Dunstan Cass along with Silas' missing gold. This discovery inspires Godfrey who is now married to Nancy to tell her the truth. Unable to have children, Godfrey wants to adopt Eppie. Yet, when they offer and reveal her true parentage, she refuses and stays with Silas.
Resolution: With Silas' newfound money, he and Eppie take a trip back to Lantern Yard only to find it gone. It had been replaced by a giant factory and all the people from his past that hurt him were gone. Nancy and Godfrey stayed together and Eppie and Aaron Winthrop were happily married that summer. Aaron, Eppie and Silas lived in their cabin together with the garden Eppie always wanted.