Claude Gueux is a poor man living in Troyes. One day he decides to steal food for the sake of his family. Good intentions, however, don't save him in front of the law, and he ends up in prison. But Gueux is not a man who would easily give up - he is able to find friends even in the harsh prison conditions. `Claude Gueux' is Victor Hugo's short story first published in 1826, and it tells about the injustice of the society.