It pretty much revolves around the disproportionally harsh punishment inflicted on a young boy by an extremely vindictive witch. Initially he has to carry her shopping back to her house in the woods. He then gets transformed into a squirrel and has to salve for her for 7 years. He then gets transformed into a hideous long-nosed dwarf who, on his return home, gets rejected by his family. Having learned to be a brilliant cook whilst imprisoned by the witch, he gets a job in the king's kitchen and meets the goose who turns out to be a sassy enchanted girl. In the end it all works out ok, but, all the same, it's a bit harsh.