Playbill.com used this blurb to explain the piece:
In days of social unrest in early 19th-century France, Marius and his buddies protest the government, build barricades and face down bullets. Marius also falls in love with Cosette, whose guardian is the fugitive Jean Valjean (played by Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman, who is currently playing a concert engagement called Back on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre).Come on, PR firm. That's how you explain the show? Trite much?