Hugo is an orphan boy thriving in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He school to repair clocks and supplement gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks processing. The deserted business that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton that doesn’t law without a special key which Hugo needs to locate to unlock the unidentified he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets moreover a shopkeeper, George Melies, who works in the train station and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his dad and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the primordial man has buried inside approaching his totaling.