Great Expectations is both a finely crafted novel and an acute examination of Victorian society. We first meet Philip "Pip" as a tiny terrified child in a village churchyard, where he unexpectedly encounters an escaped convict. Years later, through the help of an anonymous benefactor. Pip will travel to London, full of expectations to become a gentleman. But his life is already inextricable tangled in a mystery that surrounds a beautiful woman, an embittered recluse, and an ambitious lawyer.