Traveling for work Michael Henchard and his family stop at bar for dinner.
Michael once drunk sells his wife and child for 5 guinas to a sailor
After selling his family, Michael regrets ever doing it and becomes sober for 20 years and eventually becoming mayor in Casterbridge
Henchard soon falls in love Lucetta, but soon is reunited with Susan and his child. He then hires Farfrae who he becomes jealous of. He then stays with Susan till she passes.
After Susans' death Henchard finds out that his daughter Elizabeth Jane isn't his and that his real daughter is dead and the Elizabeth he met is the sailors daughter. The sailor, Newson comes but is lied to by Henchard.
Then during the wedding of Elizabeth Henchard leaves town and lays to rest with his only wish is to be forgotten.