This book contains the following story:
Orphaned Oliver spends nine years in an orphanage before being sent to a workhouse where he is bullied. Desperate to be rid of him the workhouse seek an apprenticeship and Oliver is sent to an undertakers. He falls out with his employers and runs away to London where he joins Fagin's gang of criminals, is caught and accused of pick pocketing but then rescued by kind Mr Brownlow. Unfortunately for Oliver, Fagin won't have that and recaptures him. Whilst on another job Oliver is saved a second time by Mrs Maylie. Fagin - in league with Oliver's (unknown) half brother - seeks to capture him again so his true identity cannot be revealed. But eventually he is outwitted, Oliver is reunited with Mr Brownlow and discovers his true inheritance.