In the middle of the night, a glowing white horse runs around a wheat field leaving a trail of light. The following morning, a man signals his children to come see the destroyed wheat field, the youngest amongst them named John catches a hedgehog on his way. When they finally arrive he shows the children the destroyed wheat field and then places John in charge of night guard. During John’s nightwatch, he hears the neighing of a horse and climbs the watch tower to check for the source of the sound. In a thick fog he sees a huge white horse, he tries to capture it with a rope but it flees, dragging John along. John yells how he will sell it in the Town’s market while on the ride, after a while it crashes, the horse falls into a swamp and begins to drown but John quickly saves it using a wheat mill, after saving it, the horse sheds a tear as a sign of appreciation, John is touched, he frees the Horse after making it promise never to return and ruin their wheat field. John looks at the destroyed field and he realizes he will get punished tomorrow. He sleeps in the stable and wakes up the next morning to meet two black royal horses. He hears a voice in the background and picks up a pitchfork to attack it, he sees it’s a little horse and tries to attack but it reflects back. The horse reveals that the white John encountered yesterday night is his mother and the black horses are a gift from her while he is here to guide him, John calls the little horse, Foal. John’s father screams as he sees the destroyed field, Foal carries John on his back and runs away from the wheat field with great speed. John reveals his plan to sell the horses so Foal whistles loudly to call the horses before John’s family capture them. They all journey into the Town’s market where everyone begins to bargain with John for the horses, Foal leads John to the palace where John admires the king thinking he is probably busy, unfortunately the king is busy chasing a mosquito in his chambers until he kills it and the courtiers applaud him. The king dresses up and begins to scope the town from his palace where he discovers John with the royal horses. While everyone throws John their offer, The king and the courtiers come down to retrieve the horse thinking it’s from the royal palace, unfortunately John releases it to them forgetting to collect payment because of his admiration for the king. After they are gone, Foal reminds him about the payment so Foal whistles again and the horses come running back to him, crashing the king into a bag of flour in the process. John laughs at the king’s face, fortunately for John, the penalty for mockery at the king is execution but has been replaced with a fine. John requests for two silver hats as payment, one courtier reminds the king that the horse will only keep running back to him, so the king tells John to come work in the palace, he accepts and begins work immediately. Later that night, the king dreams of John gyrating while he is beheaded. The following morning his hatred for John grows while John gains the heart of the people. One of the courtiers suggests to the king to send John on a mission to find a firebird, a bird that doesn’t exist apparently and if he doesn’t find it he will be executed.
Despite Foal’s warning concerning how difficult finding the Firebird is, John still insists and they both Journey into the forest to retrieve some dream nuts to feed the Firebird. Foal stops John from eating them, warning him that it will only make him sleep. After that they journey to an Oasis in the desert, the abode of the Firebird. They see a warning that indicates the presence of liquid sand. John throws the dream nuts, after a while the Firebird emerges from underground and begins feeding on the nuts. The nuts begin to intoxicate the Firebird, Foal goes to sleep after telling John to wake him up when the Firebird falls asleep. Unfortunately the Firebird notices them and starts to attack, after a fierce battle and massive destruction to the landscape, the Firebird finally falls asleep and John captures it. The following morning, The Firebird is weak and sheds a tear of fire which ruins John’s boot. John pities the bird and fears it might die so he frees the bird and lets it escape, while the Firebird flies away, John finally gets how Foal whistles to call the animals, the Firebird leaves a feather for John before leaving. Foal suggests that they run away because they will be executed if the Firebird is not delivered but John insists on going back. When they get back to the kingdom, the king orders their execution, John intends to prove himself with the Firebird’s feather but it doesn’t burn anymore, at the point of execution, the feather begins to burn and the Firebird arrives shining its bright light over the kingdom. The people rejoice with John and the king is forced to reward John and declare a feast for John’s victory. John controls the alternation of night and day with the Firebird. The king and his courtiers discuss their next move to eliminate John so they conclude on sending John as a matchmaker to the heavenly kingdom to retrieve the virgin Empress, which many mighty knights have failed. The following day, a messenger announces the king’s new assignment to John. The people bades John farewell as he journeys out, Foal reveals the heavenly kingdom is guarded by three heroes that he stands no match for, it is simply suicide for John. John insists on going, they journey to the ice palace with Foal constantly trying to Discourage John. They didn’t encounter any heroes at the entrance, instead they were denied entrance by a barrier. The Firebird’s feather breaks the barrier, releasing a ton of water which turns into ice, it washes Foal down the cliff wrapping him in a ball of ice while John’s boot is iced to the ground. John removes his leg from his boot and walks into the ice palace where the Firebird’s feather guides him to the right Virgin Empress. John introduces himself to the empress and also reveals that he is a matchmaker sent by his king. While trying to help her down from her ice bed, she falls on John and in that moment she falls in love with him, she tests his bravery by jumping down a cliff to see if John will jump and save her, John jumps, surprising her, her gown acts as a parachute but John punctures it while she tried to save him, Foal finally released his wings and quickly flies to save them both. They all camp in the night before continuing their journey. In the camp, Foal advises John to Leave The empress behind and flee but John doesn’t agree, he covers the empress with his cloth while admiring her and sleeps in the cold. The empress who had been eavesdropping their conversation earlier flustered at John’s commitment.
John and the empress arrive at the kingdom the following morning, the people celebrate the arrival of John while the ladies lust after him. The king and his courtiers are shocked to see that John survived the mission, this only intensifies the hatred the king harboured for John. The king is forced to reward John again. Later that night, John discuss his love for the virgin Empress with Foal and he decides to get her flowers that and deliver it to her that night, he takes the flower and climbs to the Virgin empress’s window, she is glad to see the flowers, John introduces himself to her before she pushed him down when the courtiers entered her rooms with varieties of clothings to meet the king, she decides to wear a male cloth and goes to the ball to meet the king. The virgin Empress confuses the king for other courtiers because she expects the king to be young and agile. This infuriates the real king and he reveals himself but the Empress doesn’t believe him until the guards wear a garment of gold on him. The empress apologizes for her insolence and takes the hand of the empress. John expresses his Jealousy to Foal concerning the king’s marriage to the empress. The king unveils his plan to marry the empress the next morning but she opposes the plan saying she can’t marry without her grandmother’s ring that has been lost in the sea, John volunteers to find the ring, the king agrees. Later that night, While Foal ruminates on John’s absurd behaviours he sees the spirit of a whale flying in the sky, he then asks the wind about the location of the ring, the wind tells him it is inside the belly of a captured whale that had turned into an island and it points out the direction to Foal. The following morning, Foal and John set out, while flying Foal reveals what the wind told him lady night before a group of birds jam John’s face , sending him down into the sea where he sees the captured whale in chains. Foal interpretes the whale’s language saying she is sorry for her past mistake of eating up to 100 ships before she sheds a tear, John realises that she just has to sneeze to break the chains. John and Foal ride into the nostrils of the whale, Foal uses the tip of his feathers to tickle the interior of the whale’s nose which causes her to sneeze and break the chains, releasing the trapped ships in the process. Once again John forgets to collect the ring from the whale but a crab delivers the ring to John. John and Foal journey back home. John and Foal climbs up to The empress window to deliver the ring, meanwhile the guards and one of the courtiers watches them from a scope, he discovers Foal can talk and calls him a demon, the Guards forces their way through the empress’s room to capture John, the noise wakes The king up and he takes his gun and walks up to his window where he sees Foal, he shoots him and he falls down to the ground while John is captured. His crimes are read by the town’s messenger. A chick comes to The empress’s door and leads her to where Foal is. She reveals to Foal how she told the king about the recipe for eternal youth which involves boiling 3 large pots of water, ice and milk at 3 noon the next day and bathing in them but unfortunately the courtiers plan to use John to test the recipe first.
The Empress reveals that she can cancel the effect of the boiling contents by dropping her grandmother’s ring in the water, the Firebird’s feather in the ice and the flower of Life and death in boiling milk. They both conclude that Foal will go to the ends of the earth to obtain the Flower. Unknown to The empress, Foal’s wings have been injured by the King so he has to run to obtain the Flower. The king allows John gives his last speech where he confesses his love for the empress before he I pushed into the boiling water, the empress quickly drops her ring into the water and it pushes John out and lands him inside the pot of ice where the Firebird drops it feather and it pumps John out and drops him in the boiling milk. The empress awaits Foal’s arrival, meanwhile the flowers tell Foal that whoever plucks her will die but he doesn’t hesitate before he plucks it. The people think John is dead so they begin to leave. At that moment Foal drops the flower inside the milk and John emerges gracefully from the milk, the king quickly rushes into the boiling water and he is engulfed by a bubble that takes him up into the sky. The people rejoice and crown John king, John and The empress look for Foal and find him where he is waiting for death as per the flower’s words but the empress explains that the flower says that to test the courage of the harvester. John and empress are crown king and queen and the people rejoice