In this reverse Cinderella story, a poor farmer's son dreams of using his woodworking talents to carve out a better life for himself. As he falls in love with a duke's daughter, he decides to fight for a chance to win her heart.
Adela, the youngest daughter of Duke Wilhelm of Hagenheim, is never allowed outside the castle walls. While she loves her family, her curiosity leads her to sneak away to the market in the town center. There she crosses paths with a handsome young man and wonders what it might be like to fall in love with a poor farmer with a kind heart instead of marrying a man her family suggests for her.
Frederick provides the income for his family, and defends his mom against his father's drunken rages. He also uses expresses his creativity by carving figures, animals, and scenes into wood. When his talent is noticed, he's asked to carve these scenes into cathedral doors. Frederick is inspired by the sweet and beautiful Adela, but has no idea who she really is. When he gets swept up in a scheme to kidnap the duke's daughter, they are both shaken by what they learn about each other.
Frederick must decide what he’s willing to risk for love as the heartbroken Adela is resigned to an arranged marriage with her noble suitor.