A penniless and witless shopkeeper picks a rose from the castle garden after a night of pampering and engages the wraith of the Beast. In exchange for the rose, the shopkeeper must either die himself or give the beast the first living creature he sees upon his departure from the castle. The shopkeeper agrees to bring him the first living creature he sees in order to stay alive. Unfortunately, the first living creature he sees is his beautiful daughter, Elsa, and he is devastated. Once she has heard his tale, she digs up roses from her mother's grave to give to the beast in exchange for the rose her father had picked. Her father realizes too late that his daughter had left to the castle where the beast is expecting a meal.