The story is set in about 1937. A twelve-year-old orphan named Hugo lives on his own in a train station in Paris, where he tends to the many clocks. His obsession is to restore to working order an automaton that he has found. Caught stealing parts from a toy booth in the station, Hugo's life becomes entwined with that of Georges, a grumpy old toy store owner with a mysterious past.
Silent films from the turn of the century, magicians, a stolen key... a story for listeners of all ages.