“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” the Queen loves to ask of her Magic Mirror. “Thou, oh Queen, art the fairest in the land!” each time delighting his mistress.
Snow White is the stepdaughter of the perfidious Queen, who has usurped authority in the kingdom. Snow White’s parents are long since dead and her stepmother feels but little for her. The girl is to turn sixteen years of age and she dreams of a wondrous ball being given at the castle for the occasion. The stepmother gives Snow White a beautiful diadem.
Between the kingdom and the neighbouring country war has broken out. The Young Leader of the defeated army is captured in the forest and is soon brought to the castle to be interrogated. As she awaits her captive, the Queen engages in her favourite pastime – sorcery. She boils up a mysterious potion and reads out a curse over the steaming cauldron.
On questioning the Leader of the defeated nation, the Queen attempts to discover where its people lie hidden, but the proud and brave youth is not about to be defeated. Snow White sees the Young Leader in chains and falls in love with him. She begs her stepmother to forgive the poor fellow, and she agrees to do so in the evening on the occasion of Snow White’s birthday. In the dazzle of the diadem presented to her, the girl looks so beautiful that after she retires the Queen impatiently flies to the Mirror. Her worst fears are confirmed: Snow White is named the most beautiful by the Mirror. The stepmother is enraged and calls on the Huntsman to take her worthless stepdaughter into the forest in order never to see her again.
The girl is left abandoned in the forest at night, but glow-worms come to her aid: they lead her to a hut inhabited by the dwarfs. Snow White remains with her new friends, takes care of their needs, helps around the house and does the cooking. The dwarfs feel tender emotions for their guest, but they are unable to protect her from the evil Queen. Disguised as a beggar woman the stepmother comes to see Snow White, giving her a poisoned apple, and Snow White collapses, senseless.
On returning home the dwarfs realise who has been at work. They set out to meet the villainous ruler and they catch her in the final interrogation of the Young Leader, whom she is resolved to kill. The dwarfs prevent the execution, save the youth and ask him to kiss Snow White. From his loving kiss the girl awakens. The Queen loses her magic powers, ends the long war and grants Snow White the right to rule the nation. The Young Leader and Snow White are delighted to be together, and the dwarfs return to their life as before.