A soldier finds copper, silver, and gold coins and a tinderbox in a hollow tree. With his wealth he is powerful, but soon he spends all his money. He learns that the tinderbox is magical and uses it to rebuild his wealth. He falls in love with a princess, but her parents find out and plan to execute him. He uses the magic tinderbox to save himself, kill the king and queen, and marry the princess. This is a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen story, first published in 1835.