XVIII century. A high-ranking employee of a well-known bank office goes to France with a very difficult task: he must inform the daughter of his old client Lucy Manette that her father is alive. Dr. Manette spent eighteen years in the Bastille, all this time his family knew nothing about him. My daughter thought that my father had died a long time ago. Lucy is struck by the news. Together with the employee she goes to pick up her father. Staying in a state of severe mental distress, Dr. Manette lived with his old servant and did not realize that he was already free. Lucy and her father go to England. Daughters manage to awaken his father to life, now he rarely remembers what he experienced, and lives almost normally.
Five years later, the Manett family participates in the trial of
Charles Darnay lived in England under a false name, in France he belonged to an aristocratic family, from which he tried in every possible way to disown, renouncing hereditary rights. His French family is known for his cruel attitude towards the common people. It is for this that the marquise, Uncle Charles, is killed by the so-called patriots, future revolutionaries, and all of his kind are sentenced to destruction. When Lucy’s father finds out that Darnay is a descendant of the Marquis, a new attack occurs with him: the Marquess helped Manette to illegally imprison him.
In France, a revolution begins, power is captured by the broad masses of the people. The country begins chaos, the French aristocracy flees, the king is seized, the old laws are replaced by new ones, another rages, a new life, with violence over those who oppressed the people for many centuries. Charles Darnay decides to go to Paris to save from the punishment of his steward.
He secretly leaves his family to France, where he is arrested and imprisoned as a representative of the hated aristocracy. In Paris, the whole family of Charles comes to rescue him. Dr. Manette, whom the revolutionaries respect for his difficult prison past, is launching a stormy activity and setting everyone up for Charles’s benefit. Two years later, the court recognizes Charles as innocent and releases him from custody. On the same day, he is arrested again on the denunciation of three persons: an old servant who, after the Bastille, had lived with Mannet, his obsessive revenge on his wife and an unknown person.
Charles begins a new trial. The public is informed that the third person, according to the denunciation of which Charles is being judged, is Lucy’s father. It turned out that after the storming of the Bastille, the old servant searched the former Manetta’s cell and found a diary in which Dr. Manette tells the story of the abuse of his father and uncle Darnei over the peasant family: a pregnant peasant woman was raped, her husband tortured to death, his wife was stabbed, and his sister they hid it where. Manette was invited to the house of the Marquis to look after the raped peasant woman and her brother. They told of the excesses of the marquis, and the doctor decided to inform the minister about it. However, the report did not reach, and Manett himself was imprisoned in the Bastille. In his diary he curses the whole family of Marquis. After reading these notes out loud, Charles did not have a single chance:
Dr. Manette can not do anything for Charles and falls into unconsciousness again. Charles is rescued by lawyer Carton, in love with Lucy and ready for everything not only for her sake, but also for the sake of her entire family. He enjoys similarity with Darney and helps him escape, remaining in the cell instead of him. Darnay and his family are leaving France safely. The cardboard was executed instead of Charles.
The wife of the old servant turns out to be the sister of that peasant woman, over whom the father and uncle of Charles abused. She wants to exterminate the entire Darney family, including his wife. Her plans are destroyed by the teacher Lucy, who kills the avenger.
The story ends with a description of the subsequent events: a large number of “patriots” very soon followed their victims to the guillotine. Charles and Lucy called their child after Carton and passed on the story to their descendants.