Nicholas Nickleby is a young boy left without a father. Nicholas has to take care of his mother and sister and is forced by his uncle to work as an assistant to the schoolmaster Wackford Squeers. Squeers' intentions are however not good and his only goal is to make Nicholas' life miserable. At the same time Squeers' wife convinces herself that Nicholas loves her and this gets the young boy in even greater trouble. Nicholas' uncle is colluding with the schoolmaster and it seems like everybody is against him. Will Nicholas manage to save his sister and mother from his uncle's clutches? Will he find a better future for himself? Will Squeers and the uncle get what they deserve?