Winter evening in the village luminaries spun three sisters. The elder sisters completely pounded the younger, Militris: put water, and heat the furnace, and feed the cow. Know yourself, they boast of their beauty and beauty. "If I were a queen, - the elder one was dreaming, - then I myself would have prepared a feast for the whole world." The middle sister echoes her: if she were a queen, she would have stumbled onto the whole world of linen. The younger one says that she is not a craftswoman, neither a furnace nor a weave; she would be "for the father of the king gave birth to the hero." Only they say that Tsar Saltan enters the luminaries and tells her to immediately go to the palace. To be her queen, and the sisters will be: one - the cook, and the other - the weaver. The envy is the elder sisters; they persuade their woman Babarikha to bewitch Militris to trouble.
In the royal palace in Tmutarakan, Queen Militris is waiting for Saltan to return from the war. She sent a messenger to her husband a long time ago with the good news of the birth of Tsarevich Gvidon, but there is still no answer from Saltan. The queen does not know that the evil sisters with Babarikha changed her letter and sent with the messenger the news that "the queen bore a son in the night, not the daughter, not a mouse, not a frog, but an unknown animal." The long-awaited messenger from Saltan arrives and brings a decree in which the king orders "to throw the queen and the offspring in the barrel into the abyss of water." With tears and lamentations, the people fulfill the royal will.
For a long time the barrel floats across the blue sea. Not by days, but by hours, Prince Guidon is growing in her. But the waves throw a barrel on the deserted shore of the island of Buyan. Alone on the island is Queen Militris and the young prince Guidon. Suddenly the prince sees: high in the sky, the white Swan is trying to escape from the kite's claws. Guidon shoots and kills an evil kite. Swan bird promises the prince for his salvation to repay the good. The evening is coming down. Mother and son fall asleep, and when they wake up, they do not believe their eyes: the wonderful city of lollipops sparkles with domes in the sun. From the gates of it, under the sound of bells, the people are coming down and asking Guidon to become their prince.
Picture the first. Good life Gvidonu in the city of Candy. But at the sight of the ships that sail on the sea in Tmutarakan, an angry longing sharpens him, the heart. I would like Gvidon to visit his homeland, to see his father. He comes for advice to the Swans-bird. Swan tells Gvidon to dip into the sea three times - and the prince turns into a bumblebee.
The second picture. In the royal chambers, Sultan tenderly treats the shipmen. They tell the king about the wondrous city of Candy, which is ruled by Prince Guidon, about miracles: about a magical squirrel that gnaws golden nuts and sings songs, about thirty-three heroes emerging from the waves of the sea. Sultan was already going to go visit Guidon, but the evil sisters of Militris and Babarikh do not let him in, they try to distract him with a story about a miracle that does not exist in the town of Candy: about the princess, who overshadows the light of the day by her beauty, lights the earth at night. The bumblebee hurts the evil aunts and Babarikha and flies away.
Picture the first. The prince can not forget the story of the unknown beautiful princess. He calls the Swan-bird and asks to tell him how to find the princess. He is ready to "walk away from here at least far away." "No, why look far? .. That princess is me!" - Swan answers and turns around a beautiful princess. Militris descends to the sea. She happily blesses Guidon and the Swan Princess.
The second picture. King Saltan arrives on the island. For a long time the king marvels at the three miracles of the city of Candy. But the most wonderful miracle is that his beloved wife and son are alive and unharmed. To celebrate, Saltan forgives even the villains sisters. The feast begins for the whole world.