A king and queen who have long had everything they desire except a child are finally graced with one—but are immediately faced with tragedy. The queen dies on the day after her son is born, but not before she warns her husband to never let their son’s feet touch the ground or else he will be immediately taken by an evil fairy. As he grew, everyone was careful to keep him from touching the ground—using wheelchairs, litters, and even horses, which he especially excelled at. But one fateful day when he was out riding, his saddle broke and he fell to the ground and immediately vanished.
Under the control of the evil fairy, the prince is told he must obey her every command or else he will be severely punished. Her first order was for him to cut down all the trees in a forest using a glass axe—and to not speak to a girl he might encounter on his way. When the glass axe shatters with its first contact with the tree, the prince curls up and falls asleep, only to be woken by the same girl he had been warned against.
The girl is also imprisoned by the fairy and offers to help the prince do whatever is asked of him as long as he promises to help her in return. When the evil fairy discovers the two are helping one another, she is outraged, and the two children are left to try to escape the evil fairy.
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