A tear came to Nell’s eye. She hated being alone in that big, dark place all night long, not able to sleep because she was worried about her grandfather. Every night he would go out and leave her on her own, and yet he never told her where he went or what he did. Then he would return early the next day, tired, worried and sad.
In a run-down part of London, where criminals and honest people live side-by side, Nell lives with her grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop. They are very poor, and Nell is worried because her grandfather stays jot all night and then is upset and ill when he returns. When disaster strikes, Nell must try to protect herself and her grandfather from people who wish them harm, including the evil Mr Quilp.