As Jack recovers from the Chalenheim’s assault, he is unable to express his love for Oliver with any intimacy. Oliver, meanwhile, rescues Finley from Axminster Workhouse, and returns to London full of love for Jack and the desire to do whatever is necessary to help Jack recover his dignity and his passion.
An orphan and his street thief companion return to London, where their love is tested beyond endurance. This is the love story of Oliver Twist and The Artful Dodger.
Rejected by their families, Oliver and Jack brave the dangers they left behind and take residence at the Three Cripples. Their shared bedsit is small and riddled with bed bugs, but what does that matter when there is always cool beer on tap and the diversions of London are spread out before them?
After escaping Axminster Workhouse, Oliver and Jack travel by coach to visit Jack’s family, and then to Chertsey, to visit Oliver’s. But families can be cruel, and the lads’ quest for connection leads to disappointment.