The Vauquer house is a Parisian pension where residents who are opposed to each other, and yet inexorably linked: Rastignac, a young law student, Father Goriot, a former maker of vermicelli, or even the mysterious Vautrin. All of them have their secrets and their weaknesses. Rastignac, obsessed with high society, abandons his studies to try to integrate himself into it. Vautrin hides a strange scar and a painful past. Father Goriot has ruined his daughters, unworthy of their shame of their father. The Vauquer house then resembles a painting from that period, a cliché of characters as different as united, shouting for truth, actors in a human comedy.