Robinson must not dieLondon, 1730. Daniel Defoe, the author of "Robinson Crusoe," lives in poverty because his revolutionary and socially critically views have made him unpopular at court. His son Tom's extravagances have increased Defoe's material and spiritual woes.
Defoe's troubles comes to a head when Tom steals the last thing his father owns, the original manuscript of the prohibited "Robinson." Concerned about the fate of their favorite book and its author, London's children stage a revolt. Under the leadership of little Maud, they make their way to the king.
The monarch reconciles himself with the dying Defoe and promises to alleviate the miserable living conditions of London's youth.