The sea king lives at the bottom of the ocean with six beautiful mermaid daughters. The littlest mermaid longs to rise above the sea to watch the humans. She gets her wish for one day, and observes from afar a young prince on a boat. When a storm splits the boat in two, she saves the life of the prince. Alas, her prince marries another woman and the sad mermaid rises to the join the Spirits of the air. The story is adapted from an 1837 tale by Hans Christian Andersen.