A story about the young princess Zabava and a poor chimney sweep named Ivan. The two are in love, but their different social status stands in their way. Worse still, a treacherous courtier, Polkan, is determined to marry the princess.
To avoid Polkan’s advances, Zabava announces she will give her hand in marriage to the man who can build her a flying ship. With that the case, Ivan sets out to try to build a ship no matter what it takes.