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“Jarndyce and Jarndyce”, a contested inheritance, has been dragging through the courts for years. Into this mincing machine are thrown two young innocents, Ada and Richard, destined for a life of empty hopes and despair, until their philanthropic cousin adopts them and brings them to live at Bleak House, far away from the law-suit.
Strange things start to happen after a law-writer is found dead in his seedy lodgings near the courts from an overdose of opium. Meanwhile, oblivious to the revelations about to be exposed, love blossoms at Bleak House.
Lovelorn legal clerk William Guppy is on the trail of orphan Esther Summerson’s origins and gets himself involved in something far bigger than he can handle.
Richard, obsessed with his inheritance suit in the Court of Chancery, is on a dangerous path to self-destruction. Meanwhile, Lady Dedlock finds her wayward past is rapidly catching up with her.