A maiden has to jump into a well to go after a spindle because her stepmother is mean. She falls into another land where she has to take the bread out of an oven and shake the apples from a tree, because the fruit asks her to. She meets Mother Holle, a giant scary-looking woman who’s nonetheless nice to her and rewards her with a shower of gold after she completes a ton of chores. The stepsister is jealous, so she also jumps down the well and emerges in a strange land, but ignores the pleas of the oven and the tree, proceeding straight to Mother Holle’s house. Being lazy and mean-tempered gets her covered in a shower of pitch, while the beautiful hard working sister is showered in gold.