James Oliver Curwood, better known for his rugged Northwoods tales, wrote the fairy tale on which this film is based. In the fictional kingdom of Urania during the seventeenth century, Paulo, a huntsman (Wheeler Oakman), is in love with Godiva, a beautiful peasant girl (Kathlyn Williams). They are good friends with an old witch, Hagar, who is cooking up a magical brew that can change a human being into an animal or any other desired object. One day, the King of Urania sees Godiva and, taken with her beauty, attacks her. Paulo comes to her defense but is captured and thrown into a dungeon. The witch, hearing of the lovers' troubles, gives Godiva some of the potion. The King has his men kidnap Godiva and the jealous Queen plots to have her killed. When Godiva continues to repulse the King's advances, he takes her to the dungeon so she can watch Paulo suffer. But when the king looks away she swallows the potion and becomes a white rose. In the confusion between the King, his men, and the Queen, Paulo manages to escape with the rose. He lives in the forest, keeping the rose in his breast, until one day he comes face to face with the King once again. This time he kills the King, but in doing so he catches an arrow in his breast. It pierces the rose and his blood turns the petals red. Paulo's soul joins with Godiva's spirit, which has been freed from the flower.
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