Daniel Deronda is sensitive and charming, the illegitimate son of an aristocrat, haunted by the secrets that shroud his birth. Beautiful, vivacious Gwendolen Harleth is a gambler and short on cash.
When they meet at the roulette table, sparks fly. But above all, Gwendolen needs money, and the icy aristocrat Henleigh Rancourt is more than happy to provide. As her situation becomes more and more oppressive, she turns to Daniel for help...only to discover his involvement with the young Jewish singer Mirah Lapidoth.
Torn between his attraction to Gwendolen and his passion for Mirah and the plight of her people, Daniel is forced to look at his own mysterious past to find out who he really is...and who he wants to be.
Daniel Deronda was George Eliot's last novel and caused a great stir when it was published in 1876. Shining a spotlight into the darker corners of 19th-century English life, Daniel Deronda exposes human and social issues that continue to reverberate in our modern world.