Lyra is a young orphan in a parallel universe who was sent to live in Jordan College, Oxford by her uncle, Lord Asriel. Her life is sheltered among the scholars and staff, while under the watchful protection of The Master and Librarian Scholar Charles.
When the glamorous Mrs. Coulter enters Lyra's life, she embarks upon a dangerous journey of discovery that leads her to learn about the sinister General Oblation Board.
Lyra is subsequently thrown into the nomadic world of the boat dwelling Gyptians. They take her North, where she meets charismatic adventurer Lee Scoresby, who joins them on their journey.
Based on Philip Pullman's fantasy trilogy of novels.