Hugo Cabret is an orphan, who was taken in by his uncle Claude Cabret after his father's death. He tends to the clocks in a train station in Paris and frequently steals items from various station shops until he is caught by Georges Méliès.
Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, twelve-year-old Hugo Cabret originally lived with his widowed father Hugo's father until his death in a museum fire and then lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message all come together...in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.