In this episode, set in France in 1815, Jean Valjean (Welles), just released from prison after serving five years for stealing a loaf of bread and 14 more years for attempted escapes, is scorned by the townspeople because of his dangerous reputation. Valjean is nonetheless treated kindly by the Bishop of Digne, who invites him to dinner and to sleep in his house. Valjean reciprocates by stealing the Bishop's silver. He gets caught, but the Bishop tells the police he gave the silver to Valjean. Deeply moved by the Bishop's generosity, Valjean resolves to start a new life.